Pacific Dogwood


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British Columbia Outdoor Wilderness Guide

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PACIFIC DOGWOOD
Cornus nuttalii

  • The Pacific Dogwood is also known as Western Flowering Dogwood, Mountain Dogwood
  • The theory is that 'dogwood' comes from the Sanskrit word for 'skewers' - 'dag'
  • 'Cornus' means horn and is supposedly refers to the hard wood
  • 'Nuttallii' is for the botanist Thomas Nuttall

UNIQUE FEATURES:

  • The Pacific Dogwood is prevented by law from being dug up or cut down
  • The Pacific Dogwood is the floral emblem of British Columbia
  • The fruit attracts the birds, the fruit and foliage are a magnet for bears and beavers while the twigs are food for deer

LOCATION:

  • The Pacific Dogwood is found on the southern coast of BC and in central and southern Vancouver Island
  • The Pacific Dogwood grows on deep, coarse, well-drained soils

SIZE:

  • Up to 15 metres in height
  • The Pacific Dogwood can appear like a shrub or small tree

FRUIT:

  • Elongated, dark, red berries
  • Edible but bitter
  • Stay on the tree after leaves have fallen

Dogwood2.Jpg FLOWERS:

  • The beautiful, white flowers are in actuality four to six leaves around 30 to 40 small green flowers compacted into a 'button'

LEAVES:

  • Opposite, oval, pointed tips, slightly toothed edges
  • Dark green, orange in fall
  • 8 to 10 cm

BARK:

  • Smooth, grey or brown
  • Old trees have thin small scales

WOOD CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Fine grained, hard, heavy

USES:

  • Modern - piano keys, ornamental in gardens, emblem of BC
  • Traditional - wood: bows, arrows, knitting needles; bark: tanning agent, dyes; branches: slingshots


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