Cornus alternifolia

Pagoda Dogwood

Categories: Flowering/Ornamental Trees

While this tree is native to North America it is often used in Japanese style gardens because of it's beautiful horizontal branching. In nature you’ll find pagoda dogwood in the understory and it grows best in the company of other trees. It prefers moist, richly organic soils in light shade.

More About Cornus alternifolia

  • native to northeast
  • unparalleled horizontal branching habit
  • tolerates shade

White spring blossoms attract butterflies and it is a host plant for Spring Azure butterflies. Water and songbirds, grouse, pheasants, wild turkeys, squirrels and a host of other wildlife relish the late summer berries. As if that wasn’t enough, it has great fall color.

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12-18 ft


8-15 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Cornus alternifolia Characteristics


  • Good for Naturalizing
  • Mass Plant
  • Good for Shady Sites
  • Specimen
  • Native to Northeast

Critter Resistance

  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Deer Resistant


  • Part Sun/Part Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Fall

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Tolerates most soils

Fall Color

  • Burgundy

Flower Color

  • Creamy White


  • Blue-black


  • Spreading
  • Irregular