It's hard to believe these two are related. They are both members of the cornus family.
The cornus florida tree or Pink Flowering Dogwood I've read is the most common flowering dogwood planted in the Northwest.
They've just come into full bloom around here.
We are lucky enough to have a mature one that came with the house. It has some years that it doesn't have as many blooms, this year it's pretty full of these pretty pink flowers. I've taken lots of pictures of the girls in front of this tree over the years.
About 2 years ago we planted 'Rubra' in the backyard.
It'a still pretty small, but this is the most flowers it has ever had. I've never noticed either tree producing much fruit for the birds.
Now here is cornus canadensis or bunchberry. I would have to say this is my favorite ground cover.
It is a native plant from Northern California to Alaska. This is a great ground cover for under trees in shady areas and it likes acidic soil. They spread by underground runners and can be a bit difficult to get established. Mine are just now really starting to spread and they've been here for a good 4 years. Bunchberry should have red fruits later in fall, but I don't think I've noticed any before. They do die down in the winter.
When you look closely at the flowers you can see the similarities between the ground cover and the tree, I also think the leaves look a lot alike.
I find it amazing how such different sized plants can be so closely related.