Dogwood Tree In Bloom

Photograph: Sharron R. McMillan

Photograph: Sharron R. McMillan

Western Flowering Dogwood Cornus nuttallii

Grow only in the southwest corner of BC and California.
Flower is our provincial emblem, greenish-white heads each surrounded by four – seven showy, white petal-like pointed bracts.
Blooms in May, sometimes in September. At blossom time it will “bleed” to death if too many twigs are picked, hence it is protected by law.
Fruit: bright red berries in a tight cluster attract many birds in late summer and fall.
At one time skewers or ‘dags’ were made from the wood, its common name has been popularized from its old name ‘dagwood.’
Means: durability

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