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Bare Root Alternate-leaf Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

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Small, deciduous, spring-flowering native tree
Description:  Yellowish white flowers in 2 – 3-inch cymes; dark green, prominently veined leaves and dark blue fruits
Habit:  Grows up to 25 feet high and 30 feet wide; horizontal, layered branches suggest the tiered roof of a Japanese pagoda
Culture:  Tolerates any exposure, from full sun to full shade; requires cool roots and moist, acidic, well-drained soil
Hardiness:  Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3
Origin:  North America
Attributes:  Deer resistant, attractive bark, attracts birds

This North American species, first discovered in 1760, grows from eastern Canada to Minnesota through the south to Georgia and Alabama.  John Bartram, the early Philadelphia naturalist and nurseryman, listed it as Cornus sylvestris in his 1783 broadside.  Pagoda Dogwood is a desirable plant both during the growing season and in winter when the tree’s glossy, purple-brown bark adds interest to the landscape.  The fruits are attractive to birds but the foliage is not attractive to deer.

This plant will ship bare root.  zone3,zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9

Bare root planting tips:

  • If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
  • Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site.  You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
  • Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing.  Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.

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