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Cornus alternifolia/Alternate-leaved Dowoood

Cornus alternifolia / Cornus alternifolia
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Foliage close-up


Flowers and leaves appear in spring at the same time

Flowers are in small, flat-topped clusters followed by fruit that ripens and turns black in late summer

Fruit just beginning to ripen as a few berries are black

Part of a tree heavily laden with fruit clusters

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Scientific Name: Cornus alternifolia
Common Name: Alternate-leaved Dowoood
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 7 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Branches killed back by twig blight. Will not tolerate bright sun when under stress from lack of water. Best reserved for plantings in cold climates where plants receive sufficient chilling to satisfy their dormancy requirements. Cannot tolerate the hot, humid South. Excellent as specimen plant and in mass plantings.