One of the few dogwoods able to bloom twice a season; once in early spring and again in the early fall. Quite a contrast with the white flowers along side round red berry clusters. Brilliant red to purple fall colour. Co-evolved with our west coast climate of wet springs, dry summers and mild winters. Does best in either full sun or in open forest. Drought resistant when established. Fast growing. Great pollen/nectar plant for the critters. Seed is from trees further up the mountain where its zone 5-6 and with coarse soils.
- Seed Count: 20-25
- Collection Date: Aug 2023
- Hardiness Zone: 6-9
- Height and Width: 8m x 5m
- Germination test type: float & cut
- Family: Cornaceae
How to germinate Cornus nuttallii seeds:
Fresh seed is best for prompt late winter germination (fall sown stratified seed will often germinate in the fridge). Otherwise, soak seed 24 hours. Sow 7mm deep in coarse sand and apply mulch. Keep moist and cold stratify 90 days. Will pop up when Spring weather arrives. I mass sow in large pots and place these in unheated greenhouse for early emergence and take advantage of a prolonged growing season for large robust seedlings. Please note that a majority of the larger seed bear twin embryos.