Native to California and southwest Oregon, brown dogwood is an ornamental deciduous shrub most often found near wetlands or seasonal stream channels at low to mid elevations in valley grassland, chaparral, oak woodland, pine forest, or mixed conifer habitat. Depending on access to moisture, brown dogwood can grow up to 15′ tall and 10′ spread, but may remain shorter and more compact in dry conditions. It can be thicket forming from the root, and drooping branches that reach the ground can also root to form new plants. Brown dogwood’s abundant creamy to white flower clusters are attractive to native bees and butterflies, and the drupe-like fruit can be a creamy white to dark blue color and are attractive to birds. Gorgeous fall color! Plants will prefer a moist location in full sun to part shade.
Seed Germination Instructions
60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow seeds outside in fall.