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Q.White Dogwood Suddenly Blooming Bright Pink

Anonymous added on April 5, 2014 | Answered

Wondering why one of my three white dogwoods in my front yard is suddenly blooming pink. It has bloomed white for the last 9 years and the other two are still blooming white. There has been absolutely no reason for any change in the soil (very sandy, don’t know the acidity). The only change has been this last winter was the mildest we’ve had since we’ve moved in, with several days in the upper 60’s/low 70’s in December and January. Everything I’ve read has discussed the pink dogwood blooming white, but nothing on the reverse. Any information would be a big help.

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Answered on April 5, 2014

It could be one of a few things: Grafting issue where a pink was grafted onto a white but the white was stronger and therefore bloomed that way and then reverted back to the pink, a possible pH imbalance that is causing the blooms to come out pink (similar to hydrangeas), OR the type you have may actually be a Kousa dogwood which blooms white but may also turn pink to red over time.

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