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Cornus amomum

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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

Height: 6'-12'

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

Cornus amomum (silky dogwood)
  • Cornus amomum (silky dogwood)
  • Cornus amomum (silky dogwood)
  • Cornus amomum (silky dogwood)

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Description

Cornus amomum

Also known as:

silky dogwood

,

red willow

,

silky cornel

Scientific Synonyms:

Swida amomum

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Easily propagated from rooted stem cuttings or by layering. Can be propagated from seed.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Cornales
Family Cornaceae Dogwood family
Genus Cornus dogwood
Species Cornus amomum silky dogwood