SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR and Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT
Utility friendly tree.
Needs ample water. Attractive branching habit, red fall color.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Eastern North America.
Additional Common Names
PAGODA DOGWOOD, ALTERNATE-LEAVED DOGWOOD
Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Rounded or Spreading Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 20 - 25 feet.
Width: 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Oval, Light Green, Red or Purple or Bronze, Deciduous.
Fragrant White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Black or Mostly Blue Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Winter or Summer.
Bark Dark Gray, Light Gray or Red Brown, Furrowed, Ridged or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Low out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 2 - 6.
USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 8.
Exposure Partial Shade to Full Shade.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Beetle Borers and Scales, Anthracnose, Phytophthora and Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Special Uses & Values
Riparian or Screen.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cornus alternifolia Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/cornus-alternifolia >