A dogwood often planted as an ornamental, mature plants have flat crowns and distinctly shelving branches. Valuable as an insect host, fall berries feed birds, and white spring flowers feed a variety of pollinators.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic
Soil Type: Adaptable
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May-Jun
Fruit: Dark blue/purple drupes ripen in fall.
Fall Color: Red
Root Type: Branching
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract bees, wasps, flies, and butterflies. Hosts many insects including the spring azure butterfly, the cecropia and unicorn caterpillar moths, and some beetles and smaller insects. Berries are eaten by many birds, including vireos, tanagers, and thrushes. Commonly browsed by deer and rabbits.
Notes: Easily differentiated from other dogwoods by leaves that are arranged alternately down the branches, instead of opposite each other.