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CORNUS alternifolia 'Argentea'

Image of Cornus alternifolia 'Argentea'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS alternifolia 'Argentea'

Plant Common Name

Alternate-leaved Dogwood, Variegated Pagoda Dogwood

Special Notice

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General Description

With a handsomely structured, tiered branching habit, variegated pagoda dogwood is also well-known for its clusters of tiny white flowers that yield purple fruits on pink-red stalks upon its cream and green foliage. A deciduous very small tree or often multistemmed large shrub, it hails from eastern North America from New Brunswick and Minnesota southward to Alabama. With a smooth gray trunk, it has much showier deep purple-brown young twigs and branches.

The glossy leaves are rounded oval with a pointed tip and depressed, nearly parallel veins. They are medium green with margins of creamy white and alternate on the stems (as compared to the typical matching pairs of dogwoods). In late spring and early summer, squatted round clusters of tiny white flowers appear along stems across the entire plant. The flower stalks lengthen after insect pollination, become dark rosy-red and support small round fruits that are cream, then red and finally dark purple-black when ripe just afer midsummer. The fruits do not persist, but the showy fruit stalks do. In autumn the foliage can flush red-purple with yellow, but it is not an outstanding display.

Grow variegated pagoda dogwood in moist, well-drained soils that are acidy in pH. Ideally light exposure will be partial shade which is most important in hotter summer regions as compared to cool to warm summer areas. As either a single trunked or multistemmed shrub, its horizontal branches are so picturesque that is is wonderful as an accent in a mixed border, a large container or as a foundation plant that will soften the corners of a building with ease. Lowest branches can be pruned away to create more of a classic small tree look.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    9'-14' / 2.7m - 4.3m

  • Width

    7'-10' / 2.1m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    North America, United States, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Purple, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Burgundy, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No