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Cornus sericea ssp. occidentalis  (Western dogwood)
Glase, Terry

Cornus sericea ssp. occidentalis

Cornus sericea L. ssp. occidentalis (Torr. & A. Gray) Fosberg

Western Dogwood

Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)

Synonym(s): Cornus alba var. californica, Cornus alba var. occidentalis, Cornus occidentalis, Cornus stolonifera var. californica, Cornus stolonifera var. occidentalis, Cornus ×californica


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Lanceolate , Ovate
Inflorescence: Cyme
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: 5-13 feet in height.
Fruit: White or cream colored drupe enclosing stone.
Size Class: 3-6 ft. , 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Flowers creamy white.


USA: AK , CA , ID , MT , NV , OR , WA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cornus sericea ssp. occidentalis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cornus sericea ssp. occidentalis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cornus sericea ssp. occidentalis


Record Modified: 2013-06-21
Research By: JAM

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