General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 15-20 feet
Plant Spread: 20-25 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Dark blue drupes on red stems
Fruiting Time: Summer
Fall
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
3"-4"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Wasps
Moths and Butterflies
Flies
Bumblebees
Bees
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Monoecious
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2004 Great Plant Picks Award Winner

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Common names
  • Pagoda Dogwood
  • Green Osier
  • Dogwood
  • Alternate-Leaf Dogwood

Photo Gallery
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-05-17
full-grown tree in bloom
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2018-05-25
Young tree
Location: My garden
Date: 2011-07-11
Location: My garden
Date: 2010-09-28
Autumn leaves
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2018-05-25
Leaf color in May
Location: East garden
Date: 2014-08-01
Location: East garden
Date: June
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2021-08-02
Such fun to watch wildlife enjoy the berries!
Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Date: 2020-05-26
large specimen in bloom
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2020-01-17
Beautiful winter form
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2018-05-29
Seedling sapling with gold coloration
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2018-05-25
More texture on these leaves.
Location: Rock City, Lookout Mt. Ga.
Date: 2018-10-11
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2021-05-30
One of many gold leaved seedlings of C.a. Golden Shadows
Location: My garden
Date: 2011-07-16
Location: west of Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-05-20
a wild tree on edge of woods in bloom

Date: 2014-05-25
Location: Growing wild in Tennessee 
Date: 2005-09-08
Location: My garden
Date: 2011-10-07
Location: Iowa
Date: 2017-05-16
Location: Iowa
Date: 2017-05-16
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-05-07
maturing shrub-tree in bloom
Location: Ed Burton, NE Wisconsin
Date: 2016-05-29
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2014-07-13
Photo by robertduval14
Location: My garden in Ontario, Canada
Date: 2022-05-11
All gold young plant of mine (C.a. Gold Strike)
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2012-01-31
horizontal tiered wishbone branching
Location: My garden
Date: 2010-05-24
Location: My garden
Date: 2010-05-24
Location: My garden
Date: 2011-10-07
Autumn leaves after the rain

Photo credit: Cody Hough
Location: St Louis
Date: 2010-04-25
Location: St Louis
Date: 2010-04-25
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-05-14
maturing tree in bloom
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-05-14
inside plant with trunk of maturing tree
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-05-07
curving branches in bloom
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2014-07-13

photo credit: Derek Ramsey
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2014-07-13
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-05-12
a flowering branch
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-05-17
leaves and fading flower clusters
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-05-05
close-up of flower cluster
Location: Crow's Nest Land Preserve in southeast PA
Date: 2010-07-17
blue-black berries
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Comments:
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 1, 2017 5:28 PM concerning plant:
    I remember a landscaper from McKay Nursery in southern Wisconsin who would plant a Pagoda Dogwood to the side of each house in the front yard as his signature in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. This species is a really beautiful tree that is clean and neat with a number of good characteristics all year long: pretty foliage, nice flowers, good red fall color, smooth bark, and a great form with its wide, horizontal, tiered, wishbone branching. Its native range is from Nova Scotia down to north Georgia to Missouri up to northern Minnesota in upland forest. It is offered by a good number of conventional and native nurseries. It is not well-known by the general public, but it is cherished by professional landscape architects and designers. It needs good quality soil that is moist, slightly acid to slightly alkaline. It does best with shelter from hot, dry strong winds and it does not do well with strong drought. It should be used more than it is.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 23, 2013 3:08 PM concerning plant:
    The fruits provide food for at least eleven species of birds and the black bear. The leaves and bark are eaten by white-tailed deer, beaver, and cottontail rabbit.
  • Posted by mcash70 (Near Kamloops, BC, Canada - Zone 3a) on Dec 10, 2011 2:41 PM concerning plant:
    The Pagoda Dogwood is a slow growing small ornamental tree that has irregular tiers of branches giving it a somewhat horizontal, layered look. The pale yellow flowers in spring are followed by blue-black fruits. Outstanding purple to red fall color. This is a lovely tree that does very well in a mostly shaded area in my zone 3a garden.
Discussion Threads about this plant
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Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) by virginiarose Dec 10, 2011 12:48 PM 2
pagoda dogwood by waccoffin Aug 30, 2019 6:26 PM 1

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