Cascara (Rhamnus purshiana)
This small native tree boasts small flowers and purple fruit that feed many native birds. Its foliage turns brilliant yellow in autumn.
Mature Height: 30 feet
Mature Spread: 15 feet
Tree Shape: Upright oval
Leaves: During growing season, the broadly oval leaves are dark green. As autumn deepens, the leaves turn first clear yellow, then rich gold.
Flowers: In May, small green-white flowers appear that have a slight, spicy scent.
Fruit: Plump and rounded berries spend the summer turning green, then red, then black as they ripen.
Native: Yes. This native tree grows from northern British Columbia south into California and east into Idaho and Montana.
Interesting Facts: Butterflies are attracted to the flowers, and many native birds are attracted to the fruit. The bark is famous for its laxative and tonic properties.
Update: At their meeting on Thursday, February 24 City Council reviewed the public input for Downtown Trees. The result was strongly in favor (72.9%) for the Eddie's White Wonder Dogwood. After discussion and evaluation of the ability of Public Works to secure the trees, Council approved a motion to select the Eddie's White Wonder Dogwood to be planted in the 21 empty tree wells in Downtown Ridgefield. Thank you to all who participated in this survey!
This project has concluded.