Cornus amomum 'Cayenne'

Silky Dogwood

Plant Type:


Cornus amomum Cayenne™ (Swida amomum Cayenne™) - ​2 available. This is a red-stemmed selection of the Silky Dogwood upping the ante on an underutilized but worthy shrub. Creamy spring cymes, the coins two-plus inches in diameter, are not large but plentiful; when in bloom this shrub will have you know it. The spring flowers give way to glorious glossy blue fruits in the late season. Foliage turns ruddy red-bronze before leaf drop and with the blue berries, well, opulence is yours. And the big difference in comparison to the usual species comes in the autumn / winter garden when the stems turn a surprising deep, rich red. Site Cayenne™ in a spectrum from full sun to mostly open shade exposure planted in fertile moisture-retentive even damp soil. The species is found in Massachusetts to New York, south to Georgia and Tennessee; Cayenne™ is a selection offered by Plant Introductions, Inc. Established potted Silky Dogwood, cutting grown. Please scroll down to Genus Overview for more information.


6-8 ft


6-10 ft



Characteristics and Attributes for Cornus amomum 'Cayenne'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Hedgerow
  • Border
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedge
  • Wildlife Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

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.