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CORNUS amomum

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS amomum

Plant Common Name

Silky Dogwood

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General Description

Attracting both birds and human eyes with its white and blue-violet fruits, silky dogwood is a great plant for a variety of soils and light exposures. This multistemmed deciduous shrub may vigorously become a rounded plant but with spreading branches. It is native to the extreme eastern United States from Massachusetts to Georgia and Tennessee and perhaps can look a bit unkempt. Its bark becomes fissured, the youngest twigs carry reddish brown tones.

The medium or deep green leaves are elliptical in shape with minutely wavy edges. The nearly parallel veins add visual interest and leaves are held opposite each other on the sienna twigs. At summer's start, flattened small clusters of tiny white, four-petaled flowers are seen across the shrub. After attracting insect pollinators the blossoms become pea-sized berries that are mottled indigo or blue-violet with white, perhaps silky gray. Birds quickly strip the shrub of its ripe, nearly black fruits. In autumn the leaves unassumingly become brown via muted tones of purple or dark red.

Plant silky dogwood is full sun to partial shade in practically any wet to average soil that is fertile. It is not a formal-looking shrub, but readily contirbuted to the interst of mixed borders, naturalized woodland gardens or as a hedge or screen.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer

  • Native To

    United States, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    White, Indigo, Blue Violet, Black

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Brown, Dark Red

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No