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Audubon® Swamp Dogwood
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Host a bird buffet in your backyard! Swamp Dogwood is an uncommon native Accent that birds find uncommonly good. The main attraction is a generous crop of beautiful blue berries in late summer and early fall. These high-calorie, high-fat morsels are particularly valuable to birds getting ready to migrate and needing an energy boost, but winter-resident birds adore them, too. Bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings, vireos, grosbeaks, and robins are among Swamp Dogwood’s biggest fans. Although berries are the big draw with this plant, insect-eating birds will find plenty on the menu as well. A host of caterpillars and other tasty bugs feed on its foliage.
May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, vireos, and grosbeaks.
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Size AA (18-24" tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 5-8
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Everyone knows about the famous Flowering Dogwood Tree and its beautiful blossoms and bird-pleasing fruits. But there are many other, lesser-known native Dogwoods that serve wildlife as well. Swamp Dogwood is a shrubby cousin to Flowering Dogwood that is found all over the Northeast and Midwest. It likes moisture at its feet, so it usually grows near ponds or wetlands. Likewise, it’s ideal for a pond’s edge or marshy area on your own property, or simply for a low spot in your yard that drains slowly. Grow it en masse for maximum wildlife appeal.
Swamp Dogwood’s creamy-white flowers open in late spring. They aren’t as flashy as those of Flowering Dogwood, but they are more appealing to pollinators. All sorts of bees and other buzzing things will visit them. Swamp Dogwood is also a host plant for the darling little spring azure butterfly. You may discover it laying eggs around the time the flowers bloom.
How to Grow
Turn a boring ditch into a wildlife oasis! Just like in the wild, Swamp Dogwood is happiest when it has access to constant moisture. If you don’t have a soggy spot in your garden, though, have no fear. With some irrigation during extended dry spells, it will still perform admirably. Light shade rather than all-day sun is best for Swamp Dogwood, especially when planting it in drier soils or in hot-summer areas. Given these conditions, this easygoing Accent is typically simple to maintain and trouble-free. It is a medium to fast grower.
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