Cornus alternifolia

Common name: Pagoda Dogwood

Native plant

When I first began growing Pagoda Dogwood, I lost many of them. At first I thought they didn’t transplant well even though they had great roots, but I found it wasn’t the roots but the location! The Pagoda likes a few hours of sun in the morning, protection from the west, and moist soil. The best looking one in my yard is next to a faucet and gets watered every two weeks if we don’t have rain. Pagoda displays very beautiful horizontal branching and white flowers in the spring. Birds relish the blue-black fruit in August. Maroon-red fall color. Since the plant grows fast, I recommend a #5 container size plant to start with.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Tree, Large Shrub

Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

New Construction, Yards that Flood

Habitat

Floodplain, Moist Woods, Woodlands

Growth form

Single trunk

Growth rate

Fast

Flower color

White

Fall color

Red Purple

Size

Mature height
15 Feet
Mature width
10 Feet
Max height
20 Feet
Max width
15 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot

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