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Cornus nuttallii

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Photo Locations: Tilden Regional Parks Botanical Garden - Berkeley, CA and Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR

General Notes

Needs ample water. Best planted in native habitat. Attractive tree year round.

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to Pacific Northwest and Northern California.

Family: Cornaceae

Additional Common Names


Tree Characteristics

Spreading with a High Canopy.

Oval, Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 40 - 50 feet.

Width: 20 - 25 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Oval, Gray Green or Light to Medium Green, Red, Gold or Multicolored, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant White. Flowers in Spring or Fall. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Prolific, Orange or Red Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall or Winter.

Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Blocky or Furrowed.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Low out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 3 - 9 and 14 - 20.

USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 8.

Exposure Partial Shade to Full Shade.

Moist Soil.

Clay or Loam Texture.

Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Medium in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Beetle Borers and Scales, Anthracnose, Phytophthora and Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Strong.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Birds.

Deer Palatable.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cornus nuttallii Tree Record." 1995-2018. Mar 18, 2018.
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