Alternate-leaved Dogwood


Attractive horizontal layering of branches and deep green leaves support flat-topped clusters of cream-coloured flowers. Blue berries appear on red stems come summer, attracting a variety of birds, such as gray catbirds, cedar waxwings and grosbeaks. Usually single-stemmed, this shrub can also be grown as a small tree. It is the only dogwood variety with alternate leaves.

Latin Name: Cornus alternifolia

Type: Large Shrub

Average Height: 6-7 m

Exposure: Full Sun to Shade

Soil: Sand-Loam-Clay

Moisture: Dry-Slightly Moist

Tolerances: Compaction, Juglones

Planting Notes: Plant in part shade below large trees to create different heights and variety in your yard.