Audubon® Pagoda Dogwood Tree
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Audubon® Pagoda Dogwood Tree
Audubon® Pagoda Dogwood Leaf
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Audubon® Pagoda Dogwood Additional Product Shot 2407
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-7
  • Spacing: 20-25'
  • Exposure: Sun or Shade
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Audubon® Pagoda Dogwood

Cornus alternifolia
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An old name for Pagoda Dogwood is “Pigeonberry”—a reference to the fact that Passenger Pigeons once adored the fruits. Those days are over, because hunting and deforestation drove our native passenger pigeons to extinction in the 1800s. They will never grace our skies again. Pigeonberry still has a role to play today, however. This valuable tree feeds a host of other birds, including robins, wrens, mockingbirds, vireos, cardinals, grosbeaks, orioles, waxwings, and many more who find the blue-black drupes delectable. Be a force for good in the world—nourish your neighborhood birds with native dogwoods like this one!

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New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees

  • 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 (2-3' tall) container grown
  • Size C (6-8' tall) balled & burlapped 

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-7
  • Spacing: 20-25'
  • Exposure: Sun or Shade
  • Show more ›

The Story

Pagoda Dogwood’s species name, alternifolia, refers to the fact that it’s the only dogwood with leaves arranged alternately, or in zigzag fashion along the branches. If you examine any other dogwood—Flowering Dogwood, Japanese “Kousa” Dogwood, even the shrubby Red-Twigs—you’ll see that the leaves are arranged in pairs. Though a native tree, Pagoda Dogwood hasn’t played much of a role in American history. The wood is too spindly to build with, and the fruits are too icky to eat. Birds, squirrels, and bears have enjoyed having this one all to themselves.

The Details

Quite a lot of stuff going on with this one! Clusters of fragrant small white flowers appear in spring. Medium to dark green foliage endures throughout spring and summer changing to yellow with a mix of red and purple. Green fruit changes to red then to blue-black only to be gobbled up by our feathered friends. Native to the eastern U.S., this tree is best used in naturalistic settings, edges of woods, or as a specimen.

How to Grow

Pagoda Dogwood grows wild from Minnesota to Alabama, though it does better in the northern part of its range. It likes cool summers, consistent moisture, and some shade. Its natural habitat is along the margins of swamps (but not in them) or in the forest understory. A canker can be troublesome with this species. The best defense is to keep the tree healthy and vigorous—mulch, regular water, and good drainage are key. Be sure to plant it where you can watch the birds feast on the fruits!

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Sun or Shade
Avg Mature Height 25'
Avg Mature Width 25'
Spacing 20-25'
Growth Rate Medium-Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Purple/Red/Yellow
Flower Color White
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Dark Blue
Fruit Time Summer
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen No
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: C

Size C

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Size C Trees:

6-8' tall, grown and delivered balled & burlapped. This tree is BIG! We recommend a tree this size be moved and installed by a professional.

Audubon® Pagoda Dogwood Tree
Audubon® Pagoda Dogwood Leaf
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Audubon® Pagoda Dogwood Additional Product Shot 1663
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