Pagoda Dogwood

 - Cornus alternifolia

Light: Partial, Shade
Soil: Loam
Moisture: Medium, Moist
Benefits: Pollinators, Birds, Host Plant
Height: 12'-25'
Blooms: May, Jun
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Color: White
Spacing: 15'

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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. 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. 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.  Make sure this shrub has consistent moisture and has at least some shade – afternoon shade is best.


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