Aw, gawd! Paddy, coming from the semi-wood deprived high prairies of Wyoming, I would find it VERY difficult to cut down a dogwood, let alone burn it! They are so beautiful! 'Course, I know how overgrown it can be in teh East, saw that when living in New England. Sigh.... springtime with magnolia blossoms, dogwood flowers, mock-orange scent drifting by my window.