Common Name: Pagoda dogwood
Origin/Ecology: Native to eastern North America
Habit: Small tree or large multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 15-25′ tall with distinctive tiered/layered horizontal branching which is upward-turned at the tips.
Leaves: Elliptic-ovate, medium green leaves (to 3/5″ long) turn reddish-purple often tinted yellow or green in fall.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate.
Flowers and Fruit: Small, fragrant, yellowish-white flowers bloom in flattened cymes (each to 2 1/2″ across) in late spring. Flowers give way to bluish-black drupes on red stalks. Fruits mature in late summer.
Water Use, Soil: Best grown in acidic, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade. Some afternoon shade is appreciated in hot summer climates.
Landscape Uses: Specimen or in small groupings, shrub borders, woodland gardens, bird gardens or naturalized areas.