Cornus alternifolia - Pagoda Dogwood
This small, distinctively branched tree boasts deep green, whorled leaves that provide a backdrop for big, flattened clusters of fragrant white flowers that bloom from May to June. Native insects love the bloom and native birds prize the profuse fruit sitting among the radiant fall foliage color.
- Landscapers love its neat horizontal branching
- Fruit stalks turn a warm red color in summer
- Birds go crazy for the clusters of blue berries
- Considerable bloom is a native insect magnet
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Unlike most other Cornus species, the Pagoda Dogwood produces leaves in an alternative pattern.
Grows well in average to moist, well-drained soils.