Silky Dogwood
Cornus amomum

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: amomum (am-OH-mum) (Info)
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Category:

Shrubs

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:

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:

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

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

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Indianapolis, Indiana

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Frankfort, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Paris, Kentucky

Versailles, Kentucky

Carriere, Mississippi

Belton, Missouri

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Binghamton, New York

Blossvale, New York

Rochester, New York

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Rumford, Rhode Island

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Burns, Tennessee

Dickson, Tennessee

Leesburg, Virginia

Zuni, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jan 8, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I see this native shrub wild in various spots in southeast Pennsylvania and Delaware in fields or in wetlands. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, has planted it around their Lake Gerar native plant area a wetland plant. It is sold by native plant nurseries. Its white flower clusters are liked by pollinating insects and its blue berries are relished by birds and small mammals. it is a great naturalistic plant. With some pruning, it would do well in a regular landscape.

Positive

On Jul 3, 2012, FlyPoison from Rock Hill, SC (Zone 7a) wrote:

A moderate to fast growing native dogwood that can grow in wet as well as dry conditions. Unlike the common white dogwood(cornus florida) it seems to withstand much more sun exposure and drought here in the Southeast. It's also not affected by anthracnose. I planted one back in March and it's already withstood 2 droughts and at least 5-7 days of 100+ degree heat. If the first years growth is any indication, it won't take long to become a nice size tree. It's already sent up a new shoot and is only receiving light partial sun.


In late summer the black berries are consumed by several species of birds immediately after ripening. I plan to add more this winter, a long with with rough leaf and pagoda dogwoods. All 3 will greatly enhance my wooded preserves' abili... read more

Positive

On Jan 13, 2007, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I will second the comments on ease of growth and great for naturalizing. It is a fabulous addition to those gardens that want to support a bird population.

This is native to floodplains and creek banks. It is very easy to propagate from live staking (cut stem, plunge into moist soil, roots occur and you have a new plant) so it is often used to stabilize soils along creeks, ponds, etc.

This is also not a small plant. It can easily reach 20 feet tall, though one can regularly rejuvenate it and let it resprout.

Neutral

On Dec 11, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This shrub grows in partial shade in many soil conditions. It can reach a height of 15'. Flowers are not fragrant, but very pretty. Fruit starts out light blue then turns black. The berries attract birds.

Neutral

On Aug 7, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a good shrub for naturalizing. The flowers aren't showy, but the birds like the berries. They put out a good amount of growth each year, filling in a spot pretty quickly.