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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Looks like a dogwood flower, kind of!

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Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


May 22, 2009
6:30 PM

Post #6583649

Not a tree but a very tall bush.

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Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


May 22, 2009
6:31 PM

Post #6583652

Flowers are a light green before they turn white smothering the leaves.

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phalaeo
Philadelphia, PA
(Zone 7a)

May 22, 2009
6:48 PM

Post #6583696

I'm not awesome with my shrubs, but it looks like a Dogwood to me...

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2009
8:06 PM

Post #6583944

Pacific Dogwood Cornus nuttallii - the only dogwood that commonly has more than 4 bracts per flowerhead.

Resin

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


May 22, 2009
8:41 PM

Post #6584080

Thanks for looking Resin.

I was looking at Pacific Dogwood before I posted here. I have never seen it in person but by the pics, I didn't think the leaves matched though the flowers look similar. See the leaf in the first picture in the first post, it is shiny and pointed and looks heavier than the leaf I see in the pics of Pacific Dogwood.

Here is a picture from http://www.rainyside.com/features/plant_gallery/nativeplants/Cornus_nuttallii.html
compared to a better look of my leaves.



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Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


May 22, 2009
8:44 PM

Post #6584098

Here is a long view.

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Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


May 22, 2009
8:45 PM

Post #6584099

Closer look.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2009
11:16 PM

Post #6584695

Must admit I was wondering a bit about the leaves when I looked the first time. I was going to say Cornus capitata, an evergreen species from the Himalaya & southern China, as the leaves fit that well, but when I compared pics, the flowerheads didn't match so well (they should be more like Cornus kousa, with strictly 4 bracts, often fairly pointed).

I'm not aware of any C. capitata C. nuttallii hybrids, but if they exist, that would fit your plant best of all. And no reason why they shouldn't exist, as some other Asia-America dogwood hybrids do exist (e.g. C. florida C. kousa).

Resin

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2009
11:19 PM

Post #6584702

Here's Cornus capitata for comparison: http://www.themagnolias.co.uk/images/feb-2006/cornus-capitata-fls.jpg

Note the similar leaves, but different flowerheads

Resin
sube1984
Bishop, CA
(Zone 7a)

May 23, 2009
3:17 AM

Post #6585731

could it be a cornus rutgersensis hybrid?

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

May 23, 2009
9:01 PM

Post #6588121

The Cornus x rutgersensis hybrids have four bracts on the flower, not the several-more-than-four that Kell shows in the first photo.

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


May 23, 2009
10:44 PM

Post #6588473

Could it not even be a dogwood? Though it reminded me of dogwood, I really had the feeling it was not one. Also the petals do not have the dark indentation that most dogwoods have at the end.

Could it be a mock orange?

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 24, 2009
12:23 AM

Post #6588859

Nope, not a mock-orange; definitely a dogwood.

Resin
nanasgardenx4
Rutledge, AL

May 26, 2009
1:39 AM

Post #6597770

I have one.. my granmama had them when I was growing up...she called them Japenese dogwood..my aunt has them too.(Cornus kousa) they are a shrub very pretty but I am partual to dogwoods my favorite...

RachelLF

RachelLF

May 26, 2009
1:46 AM

Post #6597787

Definitely a Dogwood, but not a Japanese.

Rachel

This message was edited May 25, 2009 9:49 PM

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


May 26, 2009
9:06 PM

Post #6601087

Thanks all! A mystery still. I think I will print this out and take it to a few nurseries and see if they know.

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


January 29, 2010
8:07 AM

Post #7507886

All this time later I finally got an answer thru a neighbor of the owners of this tree. I ran across the pictures again so I emailed their neighbor again to inquire. Resin was right! I was told tonight it is a Cornus capitata aka Himalayan dogwood. He also directed me to a much larger one in the same neighborhood. Another reason to want spring to be here.

plantfreak78

plantfreak78
Rolesville, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 30, 2010
7:08 PM

Post #7512520

I learned long ago, you never doubt Resin :)

Can we mark this one "solved"?

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


January 30, 2010
7:31 PM

Post #7512569

I was just waiting a bit to see if there would dissent but it seems like all are good with it.

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