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Berries during the 1st week of August

Cornus amomum

Silky Dogwood

Plant Type:


Cornus amomum (syn. ​Swida amomum​) – 5 available. Native Silky Dogwood sports yellow-white flat-topped cymes in May/June over medium green foliage. Gorgeous porcelain blue fruits follow in fall occurring with bronze to bronze-purple foliage. Winter stem color is a ruddy reddish-purple and olive green – not knockout winter interest but not bad either! Site Silky Dogwood in a spectrum from full sun to mostly open shade exposure planted in fertile moisture-retentive soil. These will arrive pruned down - they are too tall to ship economically... handsome and tough they will be set to go in the garden, wild garden, woodland edge, wildlife hedgrow or wherever your heart desires. Cutting grown.

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6-8 ft


6-10 ft



Characteristics and Attributes for Cornus amomum

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored
  • Smooth

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color
  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Shade Tolerant


  • Hedgerow
  • Woodland
  • Marginal
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Shrub Border

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Moist


  • Eastern North America

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Cornus

Cornus. The Dogwoods come in many sizes – low growing shrubs to rounded trees. Many have beautiful winter wood, beautiful flowers and berries for wildlife. Most have terrific fall foliage color. They are indispensable in a garden with almost all species and cultivars sporting 4 seasons of interest. All prefer fertile soils that retain some moisture between rainfalls. Many if not all are a presently a botanical Latin taxonomic tangle. In fact, taxonomists have been very busy renaming both trees and shrubs to the point that they have managed to do to Dogwoods what they foisted upon Asters. For the nursery owner the outcome is nothing but a monstrous tangle of confusion for nurseries and customers alike. And as much as I rail against common names I now use the word "aster" as I utilize "dogwood" for the sake and ease of lubricated communication. Ours are being offered under monikers that are currently embraced by most folks in the industry but followed parenthetically with the swanky new names foisted upon us all by the taxonomists... those elusive, ghostly beings who secretly impose as do the FISA court judges in the U.S. (Uh oh, they've begun an FBI folder on me!!!) We take many of our cues from the esteemed Michael Dirr... not regarding FISA courts or the FBI. You know what I mean. All of our offerings are cutting grown.