How Much Does a Dogwood Tree Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 14, 2018

The dogwood tree is one of the most visually appealing flowering trees in the country.  Best known for its spring blossoms, these trees are widely recognized for its attractive fall foliage.  These trees are an ornamental favorite with homeowners as well as landscape professionals due to the multi-season appeal.

Pink Dogwood Tree by Jim, the Photographer, on Flickr
Pink Dogwood Tree” (CC BY 2.0) by  Jim, the Photographer

How much does a dogwood tree cost?

Since there are so many varieties, it will really come down to the type that you are looking to purchase.  On average, be prepared to spend anywhere from $30 to $75 for a tree smaller than three feet tall.  Refer to our table below to see what most popular dogwood species can cost.

For instance, the white and pink dogwood varieties can cost anywhere from $40 to $60, and the red ones can start at $100.  The kousa class, being one of the highest priced, can cost $110 to $130 for a smaller 1 to 2-foot tree.

At Lowe’s, a 5.5-gallon pink flowering dogwood tree retails for about $60.

Nature Hills Nursery , for instance, offers a kousa dogwood and the white flowering dogwood varieties for $60 or.  The prices for pink flowering dogwoods start at $65, while rates for a red flowering dogwood tree starts at $75.

VarietyAverage Price
Celestial Shadow- $80 (three feet tall)
- $100 (five feet tall)
- $120 (six feet tall)
Cherokee Chief- $85 (three feet tall)
Cloud 9- $60 (three feet tall)
- $80 (five feet tall)
Pink Flowering- $50 (three feet tall)
- $120 (six feet tall)
Red Flowering- $50 (three feet tall)
- $120 (six feet tall)
Red Twig$20 per quart
White- $75 (three feet tall)
- $100 (six feet tall)
- $125 (seven feet tall)
White Kousa- $60 (three feet tall)
- $100 (six feet tall)

Dogwood tree overview

Today, there are more than 30 species of dogwood trees, also known as Cornaceae, but there are two varieties:  a flowering group, which will have smallish green flowers with the flower clusters surrounded by leaves, and the second group is referred to as a twig dogwood, which will usually have smaller, white flowers and is mostly considered a shrub since there are no bracts.  These types can originate from China, Asia and North America.

Most species will produce a typical white petal-like flower and will flower in the early spring.  The popular types of flowering dogwood trees include the white, pink, red, kousa, cherokee princess, Cherokee brave and cloud 9.

The average leaf on a dogwood tree can grow around five inches long and two inches wide.

Most dogwoods tend to be a low-branching tree and can grow as high as three to 40 feet, depending on the species.  They will all have a very simple oval leaf that’s darker green in color, but some varieties, according to The Tree Center, may have red leaves with white edges.  Also, with some types, the leaves may turn bright red or purple during the fall.

What are the extra costs?

Most commercial nurseries will deliver the plants for a slight fee.  However, if you reach a minimum purchase, you may be able to bypass this fee.  Most delivery fees will start at $25 to $50.

Some mail-order companies may require 20% handling charge due to plant preparation and shipping cost add-ons.

A landscaper, if you need a professional to plant a tree, may charge $25+, depending on the size of the tree.

Tips to know:

Bare-root Dogwood trees are usually less expensive and are easier to plant.

Some mail order sellers may not ship orders to a number of states due to zone restrictions.  Be sure to check with them first before placing any order.

Most dogwoods can only grow in certain zones of the states, particularly five to nine.  This means they can grow well just about anywhere, with the exception of the midwestern states and coastal California and Florida.  Make sure that you know if your tree can grow in your state before ordering.

Experts advise against transporting dogwood trees from the wild.  They can be diseased or contain bugs and allergens that can infest your yard and other plants.

While most trees, once properly planted, do not need much care, dogwood trees need to be watered if there is no rain for a few days.  You should also cover the soil around the tree with organic mulch.  This will not only look nice, but it will also help to lock in the moisture and nutrients found in the soil.  Flowering varieties will do best in a fertile organic soil material.

The twig types will grow best along the banks of the ponds, rivers and streams, where they are often found in the wild.

If using as a hedge, be sure to space them three feet apart.

How can I save money?

Consider buying directly from a commercial grower to obtain the plants at considerably lower prices.  Buying in bulk can also lead to discounts.

Look out for coupons and special deals from local nurseries.  Some nurseries, for example, will have “end of the year” sales where you can save more than 40%.

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