Pagoda Dogwood

(Cornus alternifolia)

Pagoda dogwood

Very attractive small tree or large multi-stemmed shrub.
Ornamental in four seasons, displaying flowers, foliage, form, fruit and fall color.  Has multiple uses in the home landscape. Use as a specimen tree, in the shrub border, in massed groupings, for privacy screening.   A must plant for use in bird gardens and natural landscapes.  Also well adapted to shade and woodland gardens.

Ornamental features:

  • Creamy flowers borne in broad flat-topped cymes.
  • Produces abundant flowers in May with fruit in Sept.
  • Architecturally interesting horizontal layered branching pattern.  Outstanding fall color display.

Wildlife value:

  • Small fruits are important for migrating song birds.
  • A superb multi-purpose tree for attracting wildlife.
  • Provides habitat in the forest under-story and edge.

Horticulture profile:

  • Zone 4 to 7
  • Grows 10-25ft Tall x 6-15ft Wide
  • Medium to fast growth rate.
  • Good disease and pest resistance.
  • Full sun to half shade.
  • Prefers moist fertile soils but adaptable to soil and pH.
  • Native from Nova Scotia south to Florida.