Pacific Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii): Bundle of 10


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At a Glance: Upright deciduous tree that can grow over 60 feet tall (although rarely).

Preferred Habitat: Pacific Dogwood occurs throughout western Washington at elevations from sea level to 1,500 feet. It is best adapted for growing on sites with moist, well-drained soils, and areas that range from sunny to shady. It will grow on a variety of soil-types, from silts to gravels, and even upland clay, providing adequate soil moisture is present. It will tolerate some seasonal flooding.

Appeal: It is considered the most attractive flowering tree in western Washington. From April until June, it produces large showy white bracts (flowers), which give rise to large red berries in late summer that are a favorite food for many species of animals.

Conservation Uses and Concerns: Pacific Dogwood has been in decline in this region in recent years. Significant reductions in habitat for the species have been compounded by the introduction of a fungal disease (anthracnose) that has decimated some populations. Its presence in the riparian zone offers a source of food (berries) and shelter for many species of birds and mammals. Failure to reestablish this species would be a significant loss for this region.


Pojar, Jim, and Andy MacKinnon. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska. Revised ed. Redmond, Wash.: B.C. Ministry of Forests and Lone Pine Pub., 2004. Print.

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