Cornus alternifolia
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Hardiness Zone: 3-7 Height: 15-25 feet; 4.6-7.6 metres Spread: 20-32 feet; 6-9.8 metres Sun: Part sun Water: Medium Wildlife: Various bees, butterflies, and flies are attracted to the flower. Caterpillars, beetles, and aphids feed on the foliage. The berries are readily eaten by birds and small mammals. Bloom Colour: White/Cream Tolerates: Full sun, light shade Culture: Prefers moist, well-drained, deep soils. It grows well in loamy soil. Noteworthy Characteristics: Alternate-leaved Dogwood is a shrub with alternate, ovate leaves that are paler underneath. The foliage turns red in the fall. The thin bark is reddish brown and smooth, but as it matures it develops ridges. The flowers this plant produces appear in flat-topped clusters. The flowers later give way to berries that are blue-black in colour on red stalks.