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A spectacular specimen either as a multi-stemmed shrub or small tree. A beautiful architectural form with distinctive, layered, horizontal branching pattern. Pollinators are attracted to spring flowers and birds consume the dark, blueberry-like fruit. Most dogwood species have opposite leaves while this specific species has alternate, hence it’s common name. Prefers medium, well-drained soil in dappled shade.
This species is also known as the pagoda dogwood.
Height : 15-25 feet Spread : 15-25 feet
Light : Full sun to shade Water : Medium to moist
Soil : Sand, loam, clay Zone : 3-8
Leaves : Medium to dark green. Fall color can develop to reddish purple but not noted to be showy
Stem : Twigs greenish to reddish/purple. Smooth and shiny
Flower : Fragrant yellowish white flowers in May-June
Fruit : Clusters of berry-like fruits. Very attractive fruit changing from green to red where they ripen to a blue-black in July-August
Habit : Spreading, horizontal, low-branched tree or shrub
Key Pollinators : Mining bees, small sweat bees, metallic green sweat bees & (cornus specialist) mining bee species
Pollinator Food Source: Nectar
Larval Host Plant : Various species