DOGWOOD tree has been the floral emblem of BC since 1956 and appears on the official COAT OF ARMS. The largest of the 4 dogwood species in BC is the Pacific, or western flowering, dogwood (Cornus nuttallii), which occurs in the southwest corner of the province, south of KNIGHT INLET and across most of VANCOUVER ISLAND. Its showy white or pink flowers appear from Apr to June and occasionally in Sept. The wood is very hard and has been used for piano keys and for skewers–or "dags," hence...

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