Close-up of the showy white flower of Western Flowering Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Young Western Flowering Dogwood tree (Cornus nuttallii), in the forest. One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Western Dogwood

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Cornus nuttallii

  • Size at maturity: 30-50' tall, 20-25' wide
  • Canopy layer: small tree
  • Light requirements: part-sun/part-shade
  • Moisture requirements: moist soil
  • Growth rate: medium
  • Special features: medicinal, supports hummingbirds

Often found in the shade of conifers or in forest clearings, the Western Flowering Dogwood provides a beautiful display of large white blooms in mid—spring. What might be confused for petals are actually the creamy white bracts which surround the many tiny greenish true flowers in the center. Fall color for this tree ranges from orange to purple. (Portland Plant List, 2016)