Cornus alternifolia L. f.
Common Name: ALTERNATE-LEAVED DOGWOOD, PAGODA DOGWOOD
Coefficient of Conservatism: 5
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt Tree

Cornus alternifolia A. A. Reznicek

Deciduous and mixed forests (rarely in spruce-fir stands), either as an understory shrub or along borders; floodplains and cedar swamps; banks and thickets above lakes and streams.

When full-grown, a large shrub or small tree. The branches tend to be horizontal, curved upwards toward their tips, giving a pagoda-like aspect. The inflorescences are rather large as well as numerous. The alternate arrangement of the leaves at the ends of new twigs is not always easy to see, but the branching pattern is clearly alternate, as are leaves on older shoots. The pith is white.

Locations

Alcona County
Alger County
Allegan County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Baraga County
Barry County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Charlevoix County
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
Clinton County
Crawford County
Delta County
Eaton County
Emmet County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Houghton County
Huron County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Iosco County
Iron County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Lake County
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Luce County
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Macomb County
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Missaukee County
Montcalm County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ontonagon County
Osceola County
Ottawa County
Roscommon County
Saginaw County
Schoolcraft County
Shiawassee County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 14, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=863.