Page author: David Giblin
Cornus nuttallii
mountain dogwood, Nuttall's dogwood, Pacific dogwood, western flowering dogwood
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Idaho.

Habitat: Open to rather dense damp forests, often along streams.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Deciduous, shrub-like to stately trees, 2-20 m. tall; bark smooth, brownish, the younger bark grayish-purplish.

Leaves:

Leaves opposite, petioles 5-10 mm. long, the blades ovate-elliptic to obovate-elliptic, acuminate, 4-10 cm. long, soft-hairy on the underside.

Flowers:

Flowers numerous in hemispheric heads 1.5-2 cm. broad, subtended by conspicuous white or pinkish-tinged, elliptic to rhombic-obovate bracts 2-7 cm. long, the heads developing in the fall and beginning to flower early in the spring as the leaves expand; sepals 4, very small; petals 4, greenish-white, purplish-tipped, 2.5 mm. long; stamens 4; style 1.

Fruits:

Drupe bright red, 10 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Cornus nuttallii Audubon
Publication: Ornithological Biography 4: 482. 1838.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cornus nuttallii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Cornus nuttallii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Cornus nuttallii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cornus nuttallii photos.

USDA Plants: Cornus nuttallii information.

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