Pagoda Dogwood - Cornus alternifolia

Cornus alternifolia is a small deciduous tree or large multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 15-25’ tall with distinctive tiered/layered horizontal branching which is upward-turned at the tips. It is native to both moist and dry forests, forest margins, stream banks and fields from Newfoundland to Minnesota south to northern Arkansas and through the Appalachians to Georgia and Alabama. Small, fragrant, yellowish-white flowers bloom in flattened cymes in late spring. Flowers give way to bluish-black fruits on red stalks. Fruits mature in late summer. The green leaves turn reddish-purple often tinted yellow or green in fall. Although the leaves of most species of dogwood are opposite, those of pagoda dogwood are alternate, hence the specific epithet and often used common name of alternate-leaf dogwood. Common name of pagoda dogwood is in reference to the tiered horizontal branching.  Plant as a specimen or in small groupings on residential property around homes, near patios or in lawns. Also effective in shrub borders, woodland gardens, bird gardens or naturalized areas.

Water Needs: 
Moderate
Foliage Color: 
Green
Flower Attributes: 
Fragrant
Showy Flowers
Landscape Uses: 
Border
Foundation
Garden Styles: 
Cottage
Modern
Traditional
Zen
Light Needs: 
Partial Sun/Shade
Plant Types: 
Height: 
20-30'
Spread: 
20'+
Flower Colors: 
White
Flower Seasons: 
Spring
Special Features: 
Attracts Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Fall Colour
Growth Habits: 
Round
Cold Hardiness: 
Zone 3
Average: 4.6 (7 votes)

Best grown in acidic, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Some afternoon shade is appreciated in hot summer climates. Best performance occurs in cool summer climates. Provide consistent moisture and mulch root zone.

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