Cornus florida. FLOWERING DOGWOOD. Eastern US into Mexico
Large white flowers in April and good fall color of the
leaves and bunches of red drupes commend this native tree. Examination reveals
that the conspicuous part of the flower is not composed of petals at all but is
composed of four (or five or six) large cream or partly pink bracts. The tree
grows wild in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of here and deserves to be honored
more extensively at Stanford. Native dogwood resents disturbance by normal gardening
activities and is highly susceptible to anthracnose, a leaf fungus disease that
can cause stem cankers; therefore nurseries supply varieties of eastern dogwood
C. florida, whose fruit was formerly eaten by Native Americans, C.
kousa from Japan and Korea, Tatarian dogwood C. alba, and Cornelian
cherry C. mas. In recent years, Stanford has planted Cornus nuttallii-C.
florida hybrids. There is a row along the east face of the Center for Integrated
Systems, Via Palou Mall, and 'Eddie's White Wonder' is at the entrance to the
Art Gallery and at the intersection of Lomita and Serra malls. Additionally, Cornus
florida varieties, particularly 'Rubra,' can also be seen at Bing Nursery
School, the back of the Humanities Center on Santa Teresa Street, and between
buildings 100 and 110 of the Main Quad.
Cornus nuttallii. PACIFIC DOGWOOD. Pacific Coast
CORNACEAE (Dogwood family)
Illustrations (links open new windows): galleryAdditions/Revisions: C. florida specimens between buildings 100 and 110 of the Main Quad are 'Cloud Nine'. The trees at CIS are probably C. florida.
Name derivation, genus | species: Latin name for C. mas | florida: flowering | nuttallii: after Thomas Nuttall (1786-1839)Related material: USDA Silvics Manual