Cornus amomum

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Common Name: Silky Dogwood

Sun to light shade; wet to moderately wet moisture level; tolerates a wide range of soils from fine heavy clay to coarse wet sand; prefers slightly acid to circumneutral pH but tolerates alkaline.

3-10 feet height by 3-6 feet spread; blooms in June; creamy white flowers; fruits are cobalt blue berries often with white blotches.

Growth Rate:  Fast

Maintenance:  Occasional disease problems and infrequent insect problems

Propagation:  Germinate code C(90-120) at 41 degrees.  Easy from softwood cuttings.

Native Region:  Statewide

This shrub lacks many of the ornamental features that make other dogwoods desirable.  Native to low woods along streams and borders of swamps.  Probably best used in a naturalized setting to provide food for wildlife as it has a very high wildlife value.  Cultivars available.

Silky Dogwood - Cornus amomum 2
Photo Courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Silky Dogwood - Cornus amomum 3
Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia