Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum) in the Dogwoods Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Plant Height: 6 to 12 feet
Plant Spread: 9 to 16 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Flood Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

Honey Bees in the Garden:  JuneHoney Bees in the Garden: June
June 1, 2011

June brings the end of school, Father's Day and summer. Summer brings hot weather and plants may need extra water. Honey bees will also need extra water to keep the hive cool.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 27, 2017 8:59 PM

This is a common shrub in southeast Pennsylvania. One of the native shrubs that is holding its own against the high deer population and some invasive Eurasian shrubs as Amur Honeysuckle and Multiflora Rose. Its native range is from southern Maine and a little of southeast Canada down into northern Georgia to east Oklahoma & Kansas & Nebraska to southern Minnesota to central Wisconsin to most of Michigan and back to all New York and New England, growing in bogs, swamps, bottomlands, along lakes and watercourses, and growing upland in flat areas of meadows and wood edges, not high on hills or slopes. It is one of a number of very similar dogwood shrub species of Redosier, Redtwig, Bloodtwig, Gray, and Roundleaf Dogwoods. Its twigs are green to reddish-purple and pith is brown, and the bark of stems is gray. It bears creamy flat-topped flower clusters to 2.5 inches wide in mid to late June. The abundant fruit is a bluish, often with white areas or it can be black, and it is loved by birds and small mammals. It is fast growing and adaptable to different kinds of soil. It is sold by a number of native plant nurseries, but is not commonly sold by conventional nurseries or seen hardly at all in most yards.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 23, 2012 8:14 AM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 23, 2013 3:11 PM

Native to eastern North America from Ontario and Quebec south to Arkansas and Georgia. It is also found in other parts of North America.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Not Cornus drummondii, Roughleaf Dogwood by frankrichards16 Sep 2, 2015 5:33 PM 2
(Cornus) by plantrob Jun 13, 2015 8:10 AM 5

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