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Old 10-07-2009, 11:28 PM   #1
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Default Pagoda Dogwood Cornus alternifolia

Pagoda Dogwood Cornus alternifolia


Latin Name: Cornus alternifolia

Common Name(s): pagoda dogwood, alternate leaf dogwood

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Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Soil:
Moist, somewhat acidic, deep, well-drained soil, although they will tolerate soil with a fairly high pH. Will not tolerate droughty conditions.


Light:
sun to partial shade


Attributes: Height to 25 feet, width 6–15, flowers are creamy white flat topped heads 2” to 3” across blooming in late spring. They are attractive with the new leaves that emerge dark red with bright green veins. The fruits mature in early summer. They start out green and then turn pink and finally dark blue with magenta stems. The leaves turn a beautiful reddish-purple in autumn. The only dogwood with alternate branching, the pagoda dogwood has a graceful tiered structure for which it is named.


Wildlife attraction:
The flowers of pagoda dogwood are attractive to many pollinators. The fruit are attractive to many species of birds. Native dogwoods as a family are an important food source for birds and are eaten by over 98 species. I have seen kingbirds stuffing their babies with the berries of our pagoda dogwood. They are also attractive to bluebirds, brown thrashers, cedar waxwings, flickers, cardinals, gray catbirds and many others. The non-native kousa dogwood on the other hand, can’t be eaten by birds until the fruits start to rot.


Propagation:
Pagoda dogwoods can be started easily from seed. Pick the berries when they first turn blue. Clean the fruit from the seeds by mashing them in a strainer and then rinsing the fruit from the seeds. Sow the seeds immediately. They should be kept warm and moist until winter. They will germinate in the spring. They can also be rooted from softwood and hardwood cuttings. Pagoda dogwoods will often self seed and the new seedlings can be dug up and replanted in appropriate places. Make sure that young seedlings are kept moist.


Range:
Newfoundland to Minnesota south to Arkansas, Alabama, and northern Florida http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/data/atlas/little/cornalte.pdf


Plant community/habitat:
Low or rich woods, swampy thickets and hedgerows; the pagoda dogwood is an understory tree in young hardwood and coniferous forests and at the edges of woods next to meadows


Notes:
The northern grown pagoda dogwoods are very cold hardy, but plants that come from the south may not have this genetic trait and may not do well if brought north. Pagoda dogwood is resistant to anthracnose which is currently devastating Florida Dogwood





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Old 10-08-2009, 12:09 AM   #2
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I just added the text from kzoot's sample page here, still seeing how this works... needs some color, etc. Not sure how to add the pics from the adobe doc. yet
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The page looks great with the photos. Is it possible to have a sidebar, or something of that sort for links? We could have a list that would be standard. It could include a link to maps, its use as a substitute for certain invasives or non-native plants, etc. It also might be useful to link certain words in the text, such as "dogwoods" so that people could go to those pages.

Are we going to have an A to Z list of the plants in our database, or a place to do a search?
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Evidently sidebars are able to be created. This application has unlimited potential we were told before purchasing it. We have no idea how to unleash this unlimited potential.

There are support forums for this third party application that I would like you and swamp thing to consider joining. swamp thing found a site utilizing this software. Might have been a watch site. That site might be a good place to review.

It's your database to build as you believe best serves the members.

There is a place to do a search of the database. It has been added to the upper navbar. It is accessible from a drop down menu.
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