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Cornus amomum (Silky Dogwood)

One of the shrubby dogwoods with colored stems. The mid-spring perfect flowers of Silky Dogwood are flat-topped, and white. The blue-black fruits mature in mid-summer and are quickly consumed by birds, squirrels, and other woodland mammals. Leaves of Silky Dogwood are opposite, ovate to elliptical, and have prominent veins that run parallel to the smooth, non-wavy leaf margins. Autumn coloration is often green to chartreuse, but can be reddish-yellow, reddish-orange, or reddish-purple in good years.
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Plant Details +

Botanical Cornus amomum
Common Name Silky Dogwood'
Family Cornaceae
Size 12-18"
Height 6-10'
Spacing 3-4'
Hardiness Zones 4-8
Exposure Partial Sun-Full Sun
Foliage Medium Green
Flower Yellow/White flowers
Bloomtime June to Autumn

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Silky Dogwood prefers moist to wet sites in soils of various composition and pH. It adapts to dry soils, poor soils, or soils that are wet in winter and spring, and dry in summer and autumn. It is found in zones 4 to 8, in full sun to partial sun. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.

Pests or Diseases: This species is generally free of problems; however Silky Dogwood can be infected or infested by a number of diseases and pests that frequent Dogwoods.