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PlantFiles: Pacific Dogwood, Western Flowering Dogwood
Cornus nuttallii

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: nuttallii (nut-AL-ee-eye) (Info)

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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral robinkoo On Sep 6, 2008, robinkoo from Walton, OR wrote:

This is a native tree in western Oregon. Unfortunately it is dying out due to anthracnose. People who want to grow this tree should be aware of the disease and its prevention/cure. A telltale sign is browning leaves in late spring/summer.

Dogwood anthracnose is a disease of flowering and Pacific dogwood (Cornus florida and C. nuttallii). Infection of Pacific dogwood has been reported from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. In the East, infections have been reported on flowering dogwood in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Recently, the disease has been detected in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

Maintain the health of dogwoods by watering during periods of drought. Mulching trees can help to reduce watering needs as well as protect trunks from mechanical injury. Avoid overhead watering to minimize the chance for leaf infections. Improve air circulation around trees to help dry foliage and reduce infection.

Effective control is possible only if the disease is detected before extensive dieback occurs. Prune and dispose of diseased twigs and branches to reduce potential sources of inoculum and improve tree appearance. Raking up fallen leaves may be of some benefit. Remove succulent branches as they form to prevent trunk canker formation. Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers which stimulate succulent branching. Trees with poor vigor may be bolstered by applying a balanced fertilizer in early spring.

Fungicides should be used only to supplement a cultural control program. Applications of chlorothalonil, mancozeb will protect against leaf infections. Apply 3 or 4 sprays during leaf expansion in the spring, at 10-14 day intervals. If conditions are favorable for disease development later in the growing season, additional fungicide applications may be beneficial.

Neutral Scorpioangel On Sep 28, 2005, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:

A native shrub in the hills of Southern Oregon.

Neutral greenmum On Mar 1, 2005, greenmum from Abbotsford, BC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This tree is a protected species in British Columbia. I found this out only because I have a very old one in my back yard and we have been informed that we cannot cut it down. Fortunately, it is very lovely during the short blooming period this particular tree has. Unfortunately, it was not ever taken care of and was planted beside the septic tank...hmmm, I wonder if that is why it doesn't bloom for very long.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, British Columbia
Garberville, California
Derby, Kansas
Gold Hill, Oregon
Salem, Oregon

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