A cluster of bluish-black berries and green leaves belonging to the Audubon Native Pagoda Dogwood and four varieties of native birds that benefit from the native Pagoda Dogwood
A cluster of the native Pagoda Dogwood dark blue-black berries on red stems with dark green leaves in the background
The white, frilly flowers of the native Pagoda Dogwood with dark green leaves in the backgorund
A large native Pagoda Dogwood planted in the ground covered in the white blooms and dark green leaves
Native Pagoda Dogwood lime green leaves and the stems of what used to be the flowers, beginning to grow the berries
A container grown native Pagoda Dogwood tree on a white background
Native Pagoda Dogwood lime-green to dark green leaf on a white background
A single fiery red fall colored leaf of the native Pagoda Dogwood
A map highlighting the locations where the Pagoda Dogwood can be found natively growing
White-Eyed Vireo perched on a tree branch
Baltimore Oriole perched on a tree branch
Northern Cardinal perched on a tree branch
Carolina Wren perched on a stick
A cluster of bluish-black berries and green leaves belonging to the Audubon Native Pagoda Dogwood and four varieties of native birds that benefit from the native Pagoda Dogwood
A cluster of the native Pagoda Dogwood dark blue-black berries on red stems with dark green leaves in the background
The white, frilly flowers of the native Pagoda Dogwood with dark green leaves in the backgorund
A large native Pagoda Dogwood planted in the ground covered in the white blooms and dark green leaves
Native Pagoda Dogwood lime green leaves and the stems of what used to be the flowers, beginning to grow the berries
A container grown native Pagoda Dogwood tree on a white background
Native Pagoda Dogwood lime-green to dark green leaf on a white background
A single fiery red fall colored leaf of the native Pagoda Dogwood
A map highlighting the locations where the Pagoda Dogwood can be found natively growing
White-Eyed Vireo perched on a tree branch
Baltimore Oriole perched on a tree branch
Northern Cardinal perched on a tree branch
Carolina Wren perched on a stick

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-7
  • Mature Height: 20-25' tall
  • Mature Width: 20-25' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 20-25' apart

AN ELEGANT TREE, PERFECT FOR NATIVE BIRD LANDSCAPES

FEATURES:

  • Fragrant and showy white flowers emerge in spring
  • Horizontal branching structure carries dark green foliage in the spring and summer, then a mixture of yellow, purple and red in fall
  • This native tree is very versatile and will make an excellent focal point or can be used in naturalistic settings along the edges of woods
  • May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, wood warblers, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, chickadees & titmice, orioles, cardinals & grosbeaks, crows & jays, sparrows, nuthatches, vireos, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and wrens.
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Audubon® Pagoda Dogwood Treeling

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Cornus alternifolia

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Why the Audubon® Pagoda Dogwood Treeling?

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!

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 for humans to eat. As a result, the birds, squirrels, and bears have enjoyed having this one all to themselves!

How to use in the landscape?

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.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 3-7

    Mature Height: 20-25' tall

    Mature Width: 20-25' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

    Spacing: 20-25' apart

How To Plant

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!

How To Water

They require keeping the soil moist (not too wet) after initial planting. Pay special attention in times and areas of high heat, be sure to provide supplemental water.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

Pruning isn't necessary unless you have cross branching, poorly formed or damaged branches. If so, you should prune in late winter to early spring, before the tree breaks dormancy!

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 3-7

How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
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