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 in Mountains, rare elsewhere

Look for it in mesic to dry-mesic forests, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist ...Variable ...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 (2/8/20):
Swida alternifolia   FAMILY Cornaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cornus alternifolia   FAMILY Cornaceae

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

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

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

 

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


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image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

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

        

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

JK Marlow    jkm100314_113

March    Decatur County    GA

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

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.

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

JK Marlow    jkm150423_626

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

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.

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

JK Marlow    jkm160421_362

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

JK Marlow    jkm200418_3955

April    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

Sam Pratt    sbp_20140428_120725

April    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

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.

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

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.

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_cornus_alternifolia

May        

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

JK Marlow    jkm090706_013

July    Mitchell County    NC

Hedgerow

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

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.

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

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.

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

JK Marlow    jkm090706_034

July    Mitchell County    NC

Hedgerow

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

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

JK Marlow    jkm180728_3567

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_alternifolia_3

July    Towns-Union Counties    GA

Brasstown Bald

image of Swida alternifolia, Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel

JK Marlow    s050927_a

September    Greenville County    SC