Cornus sericea subsp. occidentalis
Common name: 
Western Dogwood
Creek Dodwood
KOR-nus ser-EE-se-a subsp. ok-si-den-TA-lis
Cornus occidentalis
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf, deciduous, shrub, spreading, loosely branched, 3-20! ft (1-6 m) tall, branches slender, red to purple in the sun, green in the shade.  Leaves simple, opposite, 2-6 inches (5-15 cm) long, margins entire to wavey, tip and base both acute; upper surface wrinkled because of sunken veins, dark green, pale green and generally below, leaves turn bright red in fall.  Flowers small, white, in flat-topped, terminal clusters.  Fruit white or ivory, globose, small, ¼ inch (6 mm), single seeded.

  • Sun to part shade.  Best in moist well-drained soil, but it adapts to dry soils in late summer. Spreads rapidly by underground stolons or by branches in contact with the ground which root freely.

  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5   Native range is restricted to the western states from Alaska to California and east into Montana and Idaho.

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  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

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    flower cluster and leaves

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    leaves, underside

  • young fruit cluster and leaves

    young fruit cluster and leaves

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    mature fruit cluster and leaves