It can withstand full shade to full sun but needs moist or wet soils to thrive. Silky dogwood has simple, opposite leaves that turn a brownish-red color in the fall. Silky dogwood bushes may not be the best choice if your goal is a tidy, manicured garden, but the shrub’s rather unkempt, rounded appearance fits well into a natural setting. A great choice for moist or wet areas. Uses: Planted for hedgerows, windbreaks and for stream bank erosion control. The Division of Forestry promotes and applies management for the sustainable use and protection of Ohio’s private and public forest lands. It transplants easily and does well in soils that are moist and moderately acidic. Pruning your silky dogwood is vital for keeping the flowering shrub healthy and for maintaining the shape you want it to have. Wildlife Value: Silky Dogwood is the least common of Minnesota's native dogwoods and is only occasional in open wetlands and forest fringes in (roughly) the southeast quarter of the state. It boasts purple-red stems and oval to elliptic, medium to dark green leaves, 2-5 in. Moderate to fast growth rate. This large-to-medium sized lowland shrub produces spectacular porcelain-blue fruit clusters in late summer which are a favorite of local wildlife. Other common names: kinnikinnik, red-willow, silky cornel, squawbush, indigo dogwood. Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum) is a medium-sized deciduous shrub that is typically found in moist lowland areas, swamp borders, floodplains, shrub wetlands, and along streams and ponds. Height: 6 to 12 feet Spacing: 8 feet. Silky Dogwood is a deciduous tree that may grow 10 to 15 feet tall. Where present, it is likely growing in fairly close association with the somewhat similar Red-osier Dogwood ( Cornus sericea ), which is just about everywhere. Mature Height/spread: 6-8 ft high/ 6-9 ft. spread. In late spring, small, white flowers mature in clusters. New growth twigs can be greenish purple though dormant twigs are typically dark reddish purple, densely covered with fine hairs. Twigs and leaf undersides have silky hairs, hence the common name. Silky Dogwood Cornus amomum Description & Overview Native to Wisconsin’s streambeds and swamps, Silky Dogwood plays an important role in local ecosystems. Around 6-10' tall & wide. long (5-12 cm), covered with silky hairs underneath. Soil/Site: Tolerates poorly drained soils. Birds love the pale blue fruit that shows up in late summer. Silky Dogwood Cornus amomum. Height: Swamp dogwood, our smallest species, reaches 3–13 feet; gray dogwood reaches 6–16 feet; alternate-leaved and rough-leaved dogwood may be 6–20 feet; and flowering dogwood, our largest species, grows to be a small tree at 10–49 feet. Cornus amomum (Silky Dogwood) is a vigorous, spreading deciduous shrub of open-rounded habit when mature. The leaves are alternate and acutely veined with a smooth margin. The Silky Dogwood is a common medium shrub found natively along streams and wet areas. The creamy white flower clusters (the nectar is a favorite of butterflies) appear in late spring and precede the bluish berry clusters. […] The bark is smooth and red-purple in young trees. The plant is native to Ohio and can grow to a height of 6 to 10 feet with a width of 6 to 10 feet and can be used as a hedge or … The twigs are reddish to purplish-brown and contain a brown pith, which is sometimes helpful for identification. Description. Mature height: a small to medium sized shrub to 12'. Soil / Climate: Ranges from Maine to Manitoba and as far South as Florida. As the tree ages, the bark turns brown and develops shallow fissures. Silky Dogwood- Dogwood, Silky ( Cornus amomum ) Zones 4 - 8 Growth Rate: medium ( 13-24 per year) Height: 10 - 15' / Spread: 6 - 12' pH levels: 6.1 Growing Silky Dogwood Shrubs. The plant reaches 10-12 feet in height and 6-10 feet in width. 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