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Little Poncho Dwarf Dogwood


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Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

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Little Poncho Dwarf Dogwood Planting Mix

Helps your Little Poncho Dwarf Dogwood get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ (DIEHARD™) Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 5-8

Growing Zones 5-8
This plant is recommended for zones: 5-8
(green area above)

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

8-10 ft.

Mature Width:

8-10 ft.



Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Cornus kousa 'Little Poncho'

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A Unique and Adorable Tree for Every Season!

Brighten up your landscape with an adorable version of a Dogwood. The Dwarf Dogwood "Poncho" is a Japanese Dogwood that only grows to 8-10 ft., unlike an American Dogwood, which can reach heights of 25 ft. This adorable dogwood makes the perfect addition to pathways, outdoor seating areas and smaller landscapes.

Don't let the miniature size fool you. The Poncho Dogwood may be small, but it is mighty. In fact, it is resistant to diseases that often plague large Dogwoods. Most Dogwoods perform better in shade, but the Poncho can tolerate full sun exposure and still produce vibrant foliage!

There's no maintenance to keep your Poncho thriving. Forget pruning, constant watering, fertilizing or picking up tons of leaves, the Dwarf Dogwood "Poncho" is one of the easiest trees to care for. After you plant it, just sit back and let it impress you with its fascinating transition through the seasons.

In the spring, expect long-lasting, gorgeous white, green and pink blooms! The actual blooms of the Poncho are small, vibrant green, star-like blossoms. What’s most striking are the large, creamy white bracts that surround the bloom, covering nearly the entire tree! They stick around for a month and then turn into a delicate pink color.

The deep colors of the leaves last through the summer and fall. The forest green, large leaves hang from horizontally arching branches in the summer. When fall arrives, you will watch the strong green transform into elegant, deep purples and reds.

You'll love watching the wildlife devour the berries. In autumn, bright red berries that look like large raspberries fall from the tree. You'll be fascinated as you watch the birds, squirrels and other wildlife devour the sweet treats. There's no need to clean them up. Wildlife love them so much, they won't stay on the ground for very long. 

You can even eat the berries… if you get a chance. You'll have fierce competition with all the birds, but if you get the chance, you can eat the berries from the tree. They are safe to eat and many say they taste like apples or apricots. They make a wonderful jam, but they can be eaten raw once they've fallen from the tree.

The Poncho is a showpiece even in the winter. The shape of the bare, horizontal branches in the winter is striking. The bark exfoliates and reveals deep colors of gray and brown. Even in winter, the Dwarf Dogwood "Poncho" is worth showing off!

The Dwarf Dogwood "Poncho" is the perfect, unique and adorable addition to your landscape. Your neighbors haven't seen anything like it and soon enough, they'll be asking you, "What is that gorgeous tree?" Don't waste any more time and make sure you're the first in your neighborhood to add this incredibly unique tree to your yard!

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Just received and the tree looks pathetic. Barely any leaves and they don't look healthy. It was packaged well and pot was still damp, thus shipping is not the cause of appearance & condition.
Hopefully, with time - it will take hold and recover into a vibrant plant.
October 21, 2016
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Little Poncho Dwarf Dogwood

Little Poncho Dwarf Dogwood Planting Diretions

Planting Instructions: The Dwarf Dogwood "Poncho" is so easy to plant and care for. Be sure to find an open space in your yard with 8ft of spacing. If you don't have a lot of room, plant this tree in partial shade to improve its performance. Plant in well-drained soil with mulch or leaves on top of the roots and base of the tree. Try to avoid placing in a space that gets a lot of reflected heat and light. It is very heat tolerant, but you'll want to give it some shade if you live in zone 9.

Watering: There's no need to water your dogwood unless you are going through a period of drought. Make sure your soil is well drained and don't overwater your Poncho. 

Fertilization: There's no need to fertilize the Poncho. It will grow 4-8 inches per year on its own.

Pruning: There's no need to prune the Poncho. You can allow your Poncho to branch towards the ground and take on an elegant silhouette or you can trim the lower branches for a walkway or to show off the bark. The Dwarf Dogwood Poncho looks magnificent when it is lit at night on a walkway.

Pests: The Dwarf Dogwood Poncho is very disease resistant. If you see Aphids, you can spray them with a steady stream of water to get rid of them.

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Curious comparison to southern dogwood
Connie S on Oct 16, 2016
Curious comparison to southern dogwood
Connie S on Oct 16, 2016
perfect size for small space
Thomas A on Oct 9, 2016
perfect size for small space
Thomas A on Oct 9, 2016
How fast does this grow? Also, will this bloom right away or take many years?
melissa s on Oct 1, 2016
is this dogwood dear resistant?
Denise L on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They are occasionally damaged by deer.
Are these Dwarf Dogwood trees shipped potted?
Paul S on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes as of right now they will be shipped in pots.

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