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Cornus alternifolia

Native Plants

Pagoda dogwood

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Summary

With its unusual tiered branching structure, pagoda dogwood (Swida alternifolia) will surely capture attention as a specimen tree in your landscape. This small, deciduous tree will reach a height of 15-30’ with an irregular, open habit. In late spring, it bears small fragrant flowers in flat-topped clusters, followed by berries that turn from green to blue black as summer progresses. Interesting coral fruit stalks persist after the berries are gone. Pagoda dogwood grows best in a partly sunny location and prefers acidic soil that is cool and moist. Some excellent companions include roseshell azalea (Rhododendron prinophyllum), coast leucothoe (Leucothoe axillaris), blue wood aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium), and blue-stemmed goldenrod (Solidago caesia). Formerly known as Cornus alternifolia. Zones 3-7. 


More Details

  • Plant Type
    tree 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade-to-full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-moist 
  • Flowering Period
    late-spring
  • Soil PH
    acidic 
  • Flower Color
    white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, purple, yellow 
  • Other Common Names
    alternate leaf dogwood 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    black, blue 

Additional Information

USDA Plants Database, Fine Gardening