Alternateleaf dogwood is sometimes called pagoda dogwood, particularly by garden centers selling it. The branches are often tiered, with tips that can turn up a little. I have one in my yard that has only turned out to be really good deer fodder. The bark of this species was used a lot for medicine by the Indians. The hard wood was useful for small things like pins, dowels, and weaving shuttles. The blue berries are attractive, and are important food for wildlife, even bear.