- Hardiness Zone: 5-8
- Mature Height: 4-5' tall
- Mature Width: 4-5' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 4-5' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, vireos, and grosbeaks
- 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
Why the Audubon® Swamp Dogwood?
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.
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.
How to use in the landscape?
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.
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.
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How To Plant
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.
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.
Hardiness Zone: 5-8