Tried and True Native Plants of the Mid-Atlantic
Common names derive from leaf arrangement and from layers of horizontal branches tapering toward the top. Ecologist and entomologist Doug Tallamy calls this native* “a great reminder that our plants are our bird-feeders.”**
*In the Mid-Atlantic, it is absent in DC. In DE, it is common in the Pidemont and rare in the Coastal Plain. It is found throughout PA. In VA, it is frequent in the mountains and infrequent to rare elsewhere. In NoVA, it is absent in Alexandria and Prince William County.
**From The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, page 223.
Print Version (Legal Size): Cornus alternifolia (Alternate-leaf or Pagoda Dogwood)
Learn more about other Mid-Atlantic plants: Tried and True Plant Fact Sheets