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Pagoda Dogwood

Cornus alternifolia

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.004 W94 53.255

Trail Number:
C31

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Description

Family:
Cornaceae

Foliage:
Leaves, Alternate, crowded near ends of twigs, appear whorled, simple, elliptic-ovate, 2 to 5" long, 1 to 21 /2" wide

Native Locale:
New Brunswick to Minnesota south to Georgia and Alabama

Mature Height:
15 to 25 feet

Mature Width:
15 to 30 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 3 to 7

Soil Preference:
Requires moist, acid, well-drained soils; keeping root zone moist, acid, and cool is key to success

Growth Habit:
Spreading, horizontal, low-branching tree or large shrub with broad, horizontal branches forming stratified tiers

Rate of Growth:
Slow initially, Medium when it becomes established

Disease and Insect:
Leaf spot, twig blight or canker

Landscape Value:
n/a

Additional Notes:

  • Flowers: Yellowish white, sickeningly fragrant.
  • Fruit: Drupe, bluish black, bloomy, 1/4 to 1/3" across; fruit changing green to red to blue-black at maturity.

Photos

Leaf - Pagoda DogwoodSummer - Pagoda DogwoodSummer '08 - Pagoda DogwoodSummer '08 Fruit - Pagoda DogwoodSummer '08 Leaf - Pagoda Dogwood