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Pagoda Dogwood: The Multi-Layered Tree

Pagoda dogwood leaves, flowers and berries collage
The pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia), is a smaller growing species that is often planted as an ornamental or centrepiece in many gardens. It is aptly named for its layered, horizontal branching which often resembles a pagoda (a tower-like, tiered structure). The pagoda dogwood is a beautiful native understory species that can be readily found in many forests across eastern North America.

New Signs Outside TTC Stations

LEAF's "Native Plants at Work!" sign
Does your nearby subway station host an Urban Forest Demonstration Garden? If so, look for our new signs! LEAF and our volunteer Garden Stewards plant and care for small gardens outside five subway stations. These native plant gardens showcase the beauty and importance of green spaces within an urban environment and are open for anyone to visit – local community members and passing commuters alike!

Let’s Get to the Root of Tree Roots

Sketch of a tree with roots extending widely underground
A common myth about urban trees is that they cause damage to pipes and foundations. Roots can’t break through intact foundations or pipes. However, they can be attracted to areas where cracks in pipes or foundations offer the resources that trees are seeking, namely water and oxygen. There are two ways to greatly reduce this risk – ensure your property is in good repair and plant the right trees in the right locations.