Cornus alternifolia

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

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Alternate-leaved Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood

Cornaceae

Plant Specifics

Size:10-15 (30) ft tall by 10-15 wide.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Blue,black
Phenology:Deciduous
Habitats:Slope forest, upland hardwood forest. Bluffs, creek forests.

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Small specimen tree. Can also work as an understory tree.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand

Wildlife

birdanimalcaterpillarbutterflypollinator

Birds and small mammals consume the fruit.

Larval host for cecropia silkmoth (Hyalophora cecropia) and spring azure butterfly (Celastrina ladon). 

Attracts long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, and butterflies.