Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database




Cornus nuttallii

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Species Name: Cornus nuttallii
Common Name: Mountain Dogwood

Gorgeous flowers! Large flowering shrub (or small tree) for shaded areas. Fall color. Likes humidity so plant near pond with fountain, running stream, or plant in moist soil.

Plant Family: Cornaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 15' H x 15' W
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Loam
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Throughout California except Great Basin and Deserts
Natural Habitat: Forests, below 6,000'

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  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Forms a large rounded shrub or small tree with deciduous foliage. Very large attractive flower bracts, white often shaded with pink. From moist locations in the higher mountains and rather difficult to grow in the valleys. Gallon cans, $1.00."
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