Pacific Dogwood

Cornus nuttallii
  • Hul’qumi’num Name: kwi’txulhp
  • Description: Deciduous tree growing up to 20m tall. Leaves are oval shaped and green, changing to pink in the fall. Showy flowers produce clusters of red berries.
  • Habitat: Prefers well-drained, moist sites. An understory species, most commonly found in open forest.
  • Pair with: Sword fern, oceanspray, snowberry, Douglas-fir, grand fir, and red alder.
  • Fun Fact: BC’s Provincial flower. The flowers are only 5mm across and greenish-white. These form a tight cluster which is surrounded by 4-6 large white bracts, commonly mistaken for petals.

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