Pagoda Dogwood

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Pagoda Dogwood Deciduous

Cornus alternifolia
Origin:

The species is native to forest edges in the northeastern US from Minnesota to Maine and south to the mid-Atlantic states. 

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Where To Grow

Although it is a fairly adaptable species it is best sited in our region with some afternoon shade, some protection from wind, and with consistent moisture.

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Size at Maturity

Height Crown Spread
10-15' 10-20'
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Tree Characteristics

Pagoda dogwood is known for its pagoda-like horizontally layered branching habit. It is also unique in that its leaves are arranged alternately along the stem, thus its other common name, “alternate-leaf” dogwood. It is also unique in that its leaves are arranged alternately along the stem, thus its other common name, “alternate-leaf” dogwood. The white flowers of this species are borne in loose clusters 3-5” round and held slightly above the foliage. The ¼” fruits ripen from red to dark purple and are favored by many birds.

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Additional Considerations

This tree should not be grown in the western half of Nebraska. 

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