Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Silky Dogwood

Cornus amomum
Plant Type: Shrubs
Native Environment:
Season of Interest:
Main Color: White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Silky dogwood by Mervin Wallace
Photo: Mervin Wallace
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Nature Attracting
Hummingbird, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects, Songbirds
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Food (Birds), Nesting
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

6 to
8
feet

Spread:

3 to
8
feet
Size
Height: 6 to
8
feet
Spread: 3 to
8
feet
Size
Height: 6 to
8
feet
Spread: 3 to
8
feet
Typical Landscape Use
A good shrub for rain gardens, wildlife plantings, and places a large shrub is needed.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Mulch dryer locations for moisture retention. If desired, trim out older canes to maintain an upright growth pattern instead of arching.
Special Features
Special Usage
Privacy Screen, Rainscaping
Basic Description

Berries in summer, red twigs in fall and winter. Young stems remain upright, and older stems arch over to touch the ground. Shrubs become more dense over time with many stems.

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