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Cultural Details for Cornus alternifolia

Common Name:
Pagoda Dogwood

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Clusters of yellowish white, extremely fragrant flowers, borne in flat-topped, 1.5-2.5" diameter cymes. 7-10 days in May-early June.

Fruit Details:
Drupe, bluish black, bloomy, 0.25-0.33" across, July-August, not long lasting. Fruit changes from green to red, then to blue-black at maturity.

Fall Color:
Usually not outstanding, but can be reddish purple.

Bark Details:
First and second year stems are often lustrous brown to purple; older bark is gray and slightly ridged-and-furrowed.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
New Brunswick to Minnesota south to Georgia and Alabama. Introduced 1760.

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Fibrous root system transplant best as a young plant; requires moist, acid, well-drained, cool soil; prefers a partially shaded situation, though has been observed in full sun locations.

This plant was blooming:
4/27/2010 - 5/10/2010
5/20/2005 - 5/27/2005

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
810, 1024

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.