Pagoda Dogwood

Cornus alternifolia

Strong horizontal branching that resembles the spreading roof line of a pagoda creates an attractive winter silhouette while bare, and a soft, beautifully tiered effect when covered with dark green summer foliage. Fall foliage is generally reddish purple. Masses of tiny, white, fragrant flowers appear in early summer. An elegant specimen for small spaces.
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Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly - prefers constantly moist soil.

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Average Size at MaturityModerate growing to 20 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeEarly summer flowers, followed by blue-black fruit in fall
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Mass Planting, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Hillside, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly - prefers constantly moist soil.
Companion PlantsViburnum (Viburnum); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptens); Lilyturf (Liriope); Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Prefers well-drained, acidic soil with consistent moisture in a partially shaded site. Provide shelter from harsh winds. Water deeply at regular intervals during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Mulch to keep roots cool, keeping mulch away from crown.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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