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Pacific Dogwood, Western Flowering Dogwood

Cornus nuttallii

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


over 40 ft. (12 m)


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


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


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

, British Columbia

Garberville, California

Derby, Kansas

Gold Hill, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:


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 period... read more


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

A native shrub in the hills of Southern Oregon.


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.