Scientific Name: Cornus nuttallii
Common Name: Pacific dogwood
Family Name: Cornaceae
Origin: B.C. east of Cascades, B.C. west of Cascades, U.S. - northwest
Hardiness Zone: Zone 7: (-18 to -12 °C)
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous
Mature Size: 15 - 22m x 7 - 10m (height x width)
Habit: Arching, Open, Upright
Form: Oval - vertical, Round
Texture: Medium - coarse
Landscape Uses: Native planting, Shade tree, Spring interest, Tall background, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade, Deep shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Opposite, Soft flexible, Heavily veined, Pinnate venation, Pubescent, Elliptic, Ciliate, Undulate (wavy)
Flowers: Spike, White, May
Fruit: Drupe, Multiple fruit, Orange, Red, Sep
Key ID Features:
Leaves opposite, ovate to obovate, 7-13cm long x 7-9cm wide, 4 or 5 pairs of major veins, apex may have a 1mm sharp point, petiole about 1cm long; florets tiny, 30-40 in tight half-circle clusters about 2cm wide, surrounded by (4-)6(-8) white (rarely pink) overlapping bracts (compared to 4 in C. florida), most obovate, 4-6cm long x 2.5-4cm wide; drupes in globular clusters, 2-3cm wide, orange to red. Winter ID: twigs with fine grey pubescence; terminal inflorescence buds globular, 4-9mm wide, leaf buds stalked, valvate, conical, ~7mm long.