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Alternate-leaved dogwood

  • Native Plants,
  • Trees and Shrubs
Cornus alternifolia
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Stéphane Bailleul)
Cornus alternifolia



Origin and description

Small tree native to Québec. Its spread-out bearing is very graceful. Its pleasantly scented white flowers make an appearance at the end of spring. The blue-black fruit produced in summer is highly prized by birds.

Height: 3 to 8 m
Width: 2 to 5 m
Blooms: white, fragrant, May to June
Fruiting: blue-black, July to August
Attractions for wildlife: attracts pollinators, butterflies and birds

Common name

Alternate-leaved dogwood

Latin name (genus)

Cornus alternifolia

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Cornaceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: sun, semi-shade, shade
Soil type: fresh to damp, well-drained, rich
Observation: sluggish growth


  • Zone 3

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Pests and diseases
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