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Pagoda Dogwood Alternate-Leaved Dogwood 20 Seeds

Pagoda Dogwood Alternate-Leaved Dogwood 20 Seeds

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Cornus alternifolia, commonly known as alternate-leaved dogwood or pagoda dogwood, is a deciduous shrub or small tree native to eastern North America. Here are some key features and information about Cornus alternifolia:

Leaves: The most distinctive feature of Cornus alternifolia is its alternate arrangement of leaves along the stems. The leaves are simple, ovate, and have a distinctive arcuate (curved) venation pattern. They turn reddish-purple in the fall.

Flowers: Small, yellowish-green flowers appear in flattened clusters called cymes. The flowering period typically occurs in late spring to early summer. While the individual flowers may not be particularly showy, the overall effect of the clusters can be quite attractive.

Fruit: The fruit is a bluish-black drupe, and it matures in late summer to early fall. Birds are attracted to the fruit, contributing to its dissemination.

Habitat: Cornus alternifolia is often found in woodlands, along stream banks, and in other moist habitats. It can tolerate partial shade but prefers moist, well-drained soils.

Size: It typically grows to a height of 10 to 25 feet, though it can occasionally reach heights of up to 40 feet. The branches are arranged in a tiered or layered fashion, giving the plant a distinctive pagoda-like appearance.

Landscape Use: This species is valued for its attractive foliage, tiered branching structure, and ability to grow in shaded or woodland settings. It is often used in landscaping for its ornamental qualities.

Cultural Significance: Some Native American tribes used parts of the alternate-leaved dogwood for medicinal purposes. The bark was used to make teas or poultices to treat various ailments.

 

Growing Instructions

 

The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Scarify the seeds by nicking or sanding the seed coat. 2. Soak the seed in water for 24 hours. 3. Place the seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for 10 weeks. 4. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet. 5. Sow the seeds on the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil. 6. Water the container and leave it to drain. 7. Put the pot in a warm, sunny area. 8. Water the pot regularly so that the soil is moist but not wet. 9. The seedlings can be transplanted when they are a few inches tall.

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