Close up of the Pagoda Dogwood's blue-black berries on red stems with a background of the green leaves
Close up of the Pagoda Dogwood white flowers with a background of the dark green leaves
Singular green, oval-shaped leaf of the Pagoda Dogwood
A small branch of the Pagoda Dogwood with green, oval shaped leaves and the stems and green berries as they are starting to form
Singular Pagoda Dogwood leaf in deep red fall color
Close up of the Pagoda Dogwood's blue-black berries on red stems with a background of the green leaves
Close up of the Pagoda Dogwood white flowers with a background of the dark green leaves
Singular green, oval-shaped leaf of the Pagoda Dogwood
A small branch of the Pagoda Dogwood with green, oval shaped leaves and the stems and green berries as they are starting to form
Singular Pagoda Dogwood leaf in deep red fall color

Pagoda Dogwood

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Cornus alternifolia

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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

This plant is not available at this time through Bower & Branch. We provide this plant profile for reference only. 

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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
  • This bird-friendly native tree provides blue-black berries and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Why the Pagoda Dogwood?

Pagoda Dogwood is so named for its horizontal branching structure that brings to mind the layered tiers of a Chinese pagoda. This small but wide-spreading ornamental tree will grace your landscape with an easy elegance that compliments both formal and informal style. Its architectural lines are most striking in winter, when the horizontal branches are laid bare and topped with snow, or in late spring, when they're peppered with fuzzy white flowers, but we like Pagoda Dogwood best in summer, when songbirds come to plunder the fruits. Start your day with a cup of joe on the deck, watching the birds enjoying your Pagoda Dogwood, and we guarantee you can't help but face the day in a good mood!

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 human consumption. 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?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

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 never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

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.

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

During fall, feed your Pagoda Dogwood Bower & Branch Elements Fertilizer once a year for about the first 3 or 4 years - this will give your tree all the nutrients it needs.

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 Zones: 3-7

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How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

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
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees

90 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE:

Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).

How?

Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:

- Email: plantwhisperers@bowerandbranch.com

- Phone: 866-873-3888

- Or via Online Chat

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Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).


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