When not in bloom, Pacific dogwood can be easily identified by its distinctive leaves. The 3 to 5 inch leaves are born in pairs on the twig, and are characterized by arching veins, which follow the natural curvature of the leaf. The tree itself can be identified by thin branches that curve upward, as well as by its irregular growth form. Pacific dogwood typically grows to only 20 or 30 feet either individually or in small bunches, except around the Puget Sound of Washington, where it may grow as tall as 60 feet.

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