Silky Dogwood

Cornus obliqua

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: obliqua (oh-BLIK-wuh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lisle, Illinois

Chesterton, Indiana

Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Leesburg, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Jul 25, 2016, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

There is some confusion over this species or variety that is called Narrowleaved or Swamp or Pale Dogwood. Some consider it as a separate species and others as a variety of the Silky Dogwood of Cornus ammomum. In other words, Cornus ammomum obliqua. I favor the latter, as there is so little difference. This variety has slightly smaller leaves that are narrower of 2 to 4" long x 1/2 to 1.25 inches wide while the regular Silky Dogwood has leaves 2 to 5" x 3/4 to 2.5 inches wide. The hairs under the leaves and on twigs are not rusty like the regular Silky Dogwood. Otherwise, these shrubs get about 6 to 12 feet high, bear flattish white flower clusters in late spring, bear fruit that goes from green to white to blue, and both get purplish-red fall color whether dull or brighter.

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