Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) in the Dogwoods Database

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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
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Plant Height: 15-20 feet
Plant Spread: 20-25 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Dark blue drupes on red stems
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Wasps
Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2004 Great Plant Picks Award Winner


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 1, 2017 5:28 PM

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.

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Posted by mcash70 (Near Kamloops, BC, Canada - Zone 3a) on Dec 10, 2011 2:41 PM

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.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 23, 2013 3:08 PM

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.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) by virginiarose Dec 10, 2011 12:48 PM 2
Looking for rooted cuttings or seedlings of the following: by frahnzone5 Feb 20, 2013 10:49 AM 8
Plant ID by kevin51 Jun 28, 2011 6:48 PM 20

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