Pagoda dogwood

Cornus alternifolia

Cornus alternifolia
Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Bailey Nurseries
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Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
KOR-nus all-ter-nih-FOE-lee-ah
Genus:  Cornus
This plant owes its name to its distinctive layered branches, which resemble the tiered, spreading roofline of an elaborate pagoda. Pagoda dogwoods are especially striking when accented by masses of small, fragrant creamy white flowers in early summer. Small, round fruits ripen to a deep blue-purple in late summer.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Native to North America, from Newfoundland to Minnesota, southward to the extreme southern Appalachians, and westward to Missouri. Performs best near its native range. Tolerates more cold, wind, and alkaline soil than flowering dogwood.
Care:  Grow in moist soil in partial shade.
Propagation:  Root from softwood and hardwood cuttings. Also grown from seed.
Problems:  Dogwood blight, powdery mildew, canker, bacterial leaf spot, and mushroom root rot. Common: twig borers, weevils, sawfly, scale insects, aphids, leafhoppers, root knot nematodes, and thrips.

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White
Uses
Flowering Tree
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

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