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     Pagoda Dogwood gets its name from the way its branches extend practically horizontally from a straight, central trunk, forming a graceful pattern much like a pagoda (see photo).


     Its creamy white blooms appear in spring with new leaves and resemble those of the Red Twig and Gray dogwoods.   


     The fruits ripen from pink to dark blue, feeding birds, pheasants and small mammals. 


     Pagoda Dogwood also is larval host to the Polyphemus and other butterfly and moth species.


     It is a delightful small tree and lovely choice as a landscape specimen.


     Pagoda photo: Walters Art Museum via

Dogwood, Pagoda

2 Gallons
    • Latin: Swida alternifolia
    • Pollinator Value: High
    • Wetland status: UPL
    • Current height: 2-3'
    • Mature height: 10-25 feet; 20 to 30 feet wide
    • Light: Afternoon shade
    • Soil: Moist, well-drained; occasionally wet; grows naturally in moist woods and swampy thickets
    • Bloom: Creamy white, late spring
    • Fruit: Summer, pink to dark blue
    • Foliage: Red fall
    • Landscape: Specimen, foundation planting, privacy screen, along ponds
    • Resistance: Deer, black walnut
    • Native range here
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