Cornus alternifolia , Deciduous
The species is native to forest edges in the northeastern US from Minnesota to Maine and south to the mid-Atlantic states.
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.
Size at Maturity
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.
This tree should not be grown in the western half of Nebraska.