Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Coastal Plain, rare in Piedmont south of VA)

Look for it in moist forests, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
4-merous
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blue
Drupe

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Cornales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cornus alternifolia   FAMILY Cornaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cornus alternifolia   FAMILY Cornaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 142-01-002:
Cornus alternifolia   FAMILY Cornaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH New England Wildflower Society’s Flora Novae Angliae (Haines, 2011)
Swida alternifolia

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Svida alternifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel


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picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_coal2_001_lvd

        

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

JK Marlow    jkm100314_113

March    Decatur County    GA

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

JK Marlow    jkm120424_661

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Bark dark reddish-brown, smooth at first, becoming furrowed, slightly scaly, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

JK Marlow    jkm150423_626

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

JK Marlow    jkm160421_319

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A small tree with distinctive horizontal branching, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

JK Marlow    jkm160421_362

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

Sam Pratt    sbp_20140428_120725

April    Spartanburg County    SC

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

Sam Pratt    sbp_20140428_120748

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Flowers ~ 1/4" wide, in flat-topped showy clusters at end of leafy twigs, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

JK Marlow    jkm060508_044

May    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

Leaves alternate, clustered at ends of twigs, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_cornus_alternifolia

May        

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

JK Marlow    jkm090706_013

July    Mitchell County    NC

Hedgerow

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

JK Marlow    jkm090706_019

July    Mitchell County    NC

Hedgerow

Fruit a small blue-black drupe borne in red-stemmed terminal clusters, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

JK Marlow    jkm090706_021

July    Mitchell County    NC

Hedgerow

Leaf venation is arcuate, with main veins curving to follow blade margin, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

JK Marlow    jkm090706_034

July    Mitchell County    NC

Hedgerow

Leaves are pale beneath and have long petioles, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

JK Marlow    jkm180728_3567

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Petioles to 2.5" long [alternate leaf arrangement easier to see underneath], per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_alternifolia_3

July    Towns-Union Counties    GA

Brasstown Bald

picture of Cornus alternifolia, image of Cornus alternifolia

JK Marlow    s050927_a

September    Greenville County    SC