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Cornus alternifolia

Common Name(s):
Alternate-leaved dogwood, Pagoda dogwood
Cultivar(s):
Argentea
Categories:
Native Plants, Trees
Comment:

Maroon fall foliage; alternate leaves; branches parallel to the ground creating a layered look; disease resistance; fibrous, spreading root system; keep root zone cool.

Seasons of Interest:

       Foliage: Fall    Bloom: Spring     

Wildlife Value: Fruits are attractive to birds and plants provide nesting sites.  Members of the genus Cornus support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Gonandrena) fragilisAndrena (Gonandrena) integraand Andrena (Gonandrena) platyparia.

Insects, Diseases and Other Problems: Leaf miner and scale are less serious potential insect pests. This species is more resistant to the common dogwood disease problems.

Height:
15-25 ft.
Flower:
Clusters of greenish-white flowers in late summer; fragrant; purplish-black berries on red stems
Zones:
3-7
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; range of soil types but prefers moist, well-drained soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Spreading, horizontal branches; branches parallel to the ground creating a layered look
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; range of soil types
Fruit:
Clusters of greenish-white flowers in late summer; purplish-black berries on red stems
Width:
15-30 ft.
Growth Rate:
Slow to moderate
Leaf:
2-5 in. alternate leaves; maroon to reddish-purple fall color
Tags:
nesting, deciduous, bees, fall color, birds, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, fall interest

NCCES plant id: 469

Cornus alternifolia Cornus alternifolia
Peganum, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Cornus alternifolia Cornus alternifolia
Distant Hills Gardens, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Cornus alternifolia Cornus alternifolia