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PlantFiles: Silky Dogwood
Cornus amomum

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

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


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:

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

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb 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 FlyPoison 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' ability to attract more birds and other native wildlife.

Positive ViburnumValley 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 smiln32 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 Ladyfern 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.


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
Zuni, Virginia

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