Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Shrub-like Trees, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: high
Soil Moisture: moist, wet
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: May, June
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts birds, berries, clumping, fall interest, naturalizing, pond margin plant, showy fruit, stream margin plant, swamp plant, wetland plant
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Cornus amomumAlso known as:
Cornus amomum is a fast growing deciduous shrub that, at a mature height of 12', can reach the stature and form of a small, well-rounded tree. The leaves of dark green, oblong, and do not provide particular fall interest. It produces clusters of attractive creamy-white flowers, that are followed by equally showy, blue berry-like drupes. The stems of young specimens turn bright red in winter, providing good visual interest in otherwise barren landscapes.
Silky dogwood is a moisture loving species that prefers saturated soils. Its native range extends as far south as the Florida panhandle, but the largest populations are found further north and in heavy soils. It is often found along water margins, where it is exposed to seasonal inundation, and provides a good erosion barrier. Soil should not be allowed to dry out beyond moist. It can be placed in full sun, and is also tolerant of part-shade. It tends to self-layer; arching stems will easily root if they come in contact with the soil, and will ultimately form thickets by this vegetative process. Cornus amomum can be used as an effective windbreak. Flowering times are from May to June. Zones 4-8
Easily propagated from rooted stem cuttings or by layering. Can be propagated from seed.
The fruit are a valuable food source for birds and small mammals. Cornus amonum has similar features to those of Cornus serica (redosier dogwood), but the latter has pure white flowers, white fruit and is predominantly a northern and western species.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: IN
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