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Alternate-leaved Dogwood

Scientific name

Cornus alternifolia


The Alternate-Leaved Dogwood is a tall, deciduous shrub which may be referred to as the Pagoda Dogwood. This species is naturally found on sloped edges near water, where its roots can remain damp and access water year round. Unique among the Dogwood family for having an alternative leaf arrangement, this shrub produces a full crown with horizontal growing branches arising from multiple main stems. During the spring, clusters of small yellow-white flowers grow which form dark blue berries by midsummer. This species flowers are commonly visited by bees, while berries act as a food source for birds and small mammals during the spring and fall.

Planting conditions

Plant in well-drained, moist, fine soils with lots of shade


  • Plant height:
    • Any
    • Over 3m
  • Moisture level:
    • Moist
  • Light conditions:
    • Partial sun
    • Shade
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Clay
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
    • Bareroot
  • Eco Zone:
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
  • Plant type:
    • Shrub
  • Height:
    • 10m