- Cornus alternifolia
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Pagoda Dogwood is named for its decidedly horizontal, tiered branching. It’s also called Alternate Leaf Dogwood, as it is the only Dogwood with alternate, rather than opposite leaves. Fragrant white flower clusters in spring are followed by a grand display of dark blue berries on red stems. The leaves turn a soft maroon color in the fall. This excellent landscape shrub is a wildlife favorite that supports an array of pollinators, moths and other insects, while the berries are popular with birds. A deciduous shrub or small understory tree, it prefers partial sun, a moist well-drained site, and a rich soil that is somewhat acidic. Make sure this shrub has consistent moisture and has at least some shade – afternoon shade is best.