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Cornus alternifolia [= Swida alternifolia]

Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel, Pagoda Dogwood

Scientific Name:

Cornus alternifolia [= Swida alternifolia]

Genus:

Cornus

Species Epithet:

alternifolia

Common Name:

Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel, Pagoda Dogwood

Plant Type

Tree/Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Moist forests. Common in NC mountains, rare in piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W6: Watch List: Regionally Rare (*Key)

Notes:

Our only alternate-leaved dogwood. Bluish-black fruits relished by birds.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/cornus-alternifolia/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/swida/alternifolia/

https://nc.audubon.org/700



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