Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Deciduous tree/shrub, 15-25 ft (4.5-8 m) tall, spreading, horizontal, low branching, (branches in tiers on main trunk, hence the "pagoda dogwood"). Leaves are arranged in an alternate manner along the twig (unusual for a dogwood), but crowded near ends of twigs and appear as if whorled, 4-13 cm long, dark green above and whitish below. Foliage red in autumn. Flowers yellowish-white, borne in flat-topped clusters (cymes), 4-6.5 cm across, not very showy. Fruit green, white and finally bluish-black, about 7 mm diam., ripens in midsummer.
- Sun to part shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3 Native range from New Brunswick east to Minnesota and south to Georgia and Alabama.
- alternifolia: having alternate leaves.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: north side of Buxton dorm on Jefferson Ave.
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