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Will hydrangias and dogwood trees grow in South Jordan?

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Both hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) and flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) may survive with a little extra care in South Jordan. The common flowering hydrangea is only marginally hardy and often won't flower due to winter injury. Flowering dogwood prefers "rich" soil (containing high amounts of organic matter)with a low pH - not at all what Utah typically offers.

There are other dogwoods that do very well in Utah - the red twig dogwood especially. And the oak leaf hydrangea (white flowers) grows better in a higher pH soil than the pink/blue-flowering hydrangeas.

I would recommend that you find some ornamental species that are better adapted to Utah's soil and climate, because there are many with outstanding beauty and will be much easier to grow.

Good gardening!

Posted on 19 Apr 2007

Maggie Wolf
Horticulture Agent, Salt Lake County

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