Pagoda Dogwood Tree Planted - October 2021
When I posted last week about the replacement (tiny) Ginko tree that I planted 'ib2dw', I mentioned that the Ginko wasn't the last tree for the year. There are a few more coming this week - starting with my very first Dogwood tree. When I bought the small Chinkapin Oak tree from the Conservation Foundation in late September, I also bought another small native tree: A Cornus alternifolia (Pagoda Dogwood). Below, you can see the tag for the tree.
This dogwood is different than the ones I've seen in the big box nurseries where I typically see Cornus kousa and Cornus florida. You can read up about those various cultivars around the Web - but the main takeaway is that florida is the standard that has been around for a while, but kousa is a new(er) sport that is more disease resistant.
The dogwood tree that we selected is known as the Pagoda Dogwood. Morton Arboretum has a tree listing up here for the Pagoda Dogwood - Cornus alternifolia. They describe it an 'excellent native for the four season garden' as well as 'unique', 'distinct, 'beautiful' and 'native to Chicago region'.
Love all of that. Also, love that it is a good fit for Japanese-inspired gardens. #18 on my 2021 to-do list was to continue down the path of adding some Japanese-inspired plantings. This is another little win in completing that task.
As for the particular tree that we brought home, one thing that I was struck by was that this small Pagoda Dogwood is entirely GREEN. There's NO woody parts on it at all - all the way down the trunk to where it enters the soil. Have a look at the photo below showing the tree in the 5 gallon nursery pot:
But where to put it? I wanted to find a shady spot that we can enjoy in the Summer (near the fire pit) and from the patio (Winter) as it grows up. So....This small (and all green) Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) is now planted in front of the back Yews. I tucked it in between an existing Hosta and the yews right in the curve of the bed.
Across this being our fifth growing season here.
65 trees planted/5 growing seasons = 13 trees on average planted each season.
44 trees alive/5 growing seasons = 8.8 trees on average survive each season.
This is the thirteenth tree planted this season which is the the third highest total behind the high years when I planted 17 trees (2018 and 2020). Ranking right in the middle of the pack for the five planting seasons. It also hits the exact median - of 13 trees planted.
However...This will NOT be the last tree for 2021, so the totals will go up before Winter arrives when I plant a couple of other trees.
1. Flowering Pear in backyard on north side.
3. Japanese flowering cherry
4 and 5: 2 Lindens that I espalier'd and placed by the south fence line near our kitchen windows.
7. Nat's Saucer Magnolia in our front yard
2018 (17 planted. 6 Dead):
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. These Frans Fontaine Hornbeams.
22. A replacement Chanticleer Pear tree (3" caliper) out front by our garage
25. Our replanted/replacement Dawn Redwood. Same spot as the first.
26. This teeny-tiny Bald Cypress that I planted in the front yard, in between our driveway and our neighbor to the north.
33. My new Weeping White Spruce that will only grow about 4' wide placed near the fence line alongside the espalier'd Lindens.
46. A small Northern Red Oak tree - our first Oak tree planted.
47. A 'decapitated' Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud that I planted on a whim.
49. A tall(ish) London Plane tree that suffered some transplant and frost shock, but seemed to recover.