Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From hardwood cuttings From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Seed Collecting: Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
On Jul 3, 2012, FlyPoison from Rock Hill, SC wrote:
A moderate to fast growing native dogwood that can grow in wet as well as dry conditions. Unlike the common white dogwood(cornus florida) it seems to withstand much more sun exposure and drought here in the Southeast. It's also not affected by anthracnose. I planted one back in March and it's already withstood 2 droughts and at least 5-7 days of 100+ degree heat. If the first years growth is any indication, it won't take long to become a nice size tree. It's already sent up a new shoot and is only receiving light partial sun.
In late summer the black berries are consumed by several species of birds immediately after ripening. I plan to add more this winter, a long with with rough leaf and pagoda dogwoods. All 3 will greatly enhance my wooded preserves' ability to attract more birds and other native wildlife.
On Jan 13, 2007, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:
I will second the comments on ease of growth and great for naturalizing. It is a fabulous addition to those gardens that want to support a bird population.
This is native to floodplains and creek banks. It is very easy to propagate from live staking (cut stem, plunge into moist soil, roots occur and you have a new plant) so it is often used to stabilize soils along creeks, ponds, etc.
This is also not a small plant. It can easily reach 20 feet tall, though one can regularly rejuvenate it and let it resprout.
On Dec 11, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
This shrub grows in partial shade in many soil conditions. It can reach a height of 15'. Flowers are not fragrant, but very pretty. Fruit starts out light blue then turns black. The berries attract birds.
On Aug 7, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:
This is a good shrub for naturalizing. The flowers aren't showy, but the birds like the berries. They put out a good amount of growth each year, filling in a spot pretty quickly.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Homecroft, Indiana Oak Park, Indiana Frankfort, Kentucky Georgetown, Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Paris, Kentucky Versailles, Kentucky Carriere, Mississippi Belton, Missouri Frenchtown, New Jersey Binghamton, New York Blossvale, New York Gates-north Gates, New York Lesslie, South Carolina Burns, Tennessee Dickson, Tennessee Zuni, Virginia