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Silky Dogwood Shrub
Silky Dogwood - Cornus amomum
The Silky Dogwood is a large perennial shrub that grows the most in the spring and summer. It has gorgeous green foliage with white flowers. It usually blooms in the early spring and produces fruit and seeds in the spring of the summer. The Silky Dogwood makes for great wildlife borders and windbreaks. They are a perfect choice for borders and are even useful for slope stabilization. The Silky Dogwood has bright red stems in the fall, winter, and early spring, and stems that are brown and grey later in the year. It will develop bluish colored fruit that matures in September. The Silky Dogwood Shrub is a beautiful plant to add to the garden or landscape. It can be used on commercial property as well as residential. These are very versatile shrubs that can be used in a many significant ways such as hedges, windbreaks, borders or as a focal plant in smaller landscapes. These plants will begin blooming in spring with a creamy white flower. The foliage is a lovely darker shade of green that is a beautiful contrast to the blooms. The foliage in the autumn months will turn a reddish color before they fall. In winter months the twigs on this shrub are a beautiful red that will add color even in dreary winter months. These bushes are deciduous and will lose their foliage in late autumn. These are called False Boxwood or Flowering Dogwood in some areas of the country. The botanical name is Cornus Amomum. The wood from these shrubs has been known to be used for many reasons because of its denseness, and it is a hardwood. Native Americans also used this plant for medicinal purposes and to make dye and other items. These shrubs will attract a variety of wildlife to the area such as birds and other small animals. These shrubs will tolerate some pruning if the owner wants a more modest bush. Although they prefer moist soil conditions with good drainage, they are adaptable to various soil types. These are very easy to grow and will require very little maintenance.
The Silky Dogwood Shrub (Cornus amomum) is a deciduous type of dogwood that is native to North America, including Canada; more specifically the Lake states such as Tennessee, Florida, Michigan and Georgia. It's found naturally along swamp borders, wetlands and streams. For landscapes, it works best as a shrub border, windbreaks, and stream bank stabilization. This shrub has silky gray hairs that turn purple in the spring months and auburn in the fall months. It also has white flowers that bloom in spring and summer. These flowers produce small 1/4 inch in diameter blue fruits that appear towards the end of summer. These berries provide various bird species with a food source and attracts wildlife. The USDA hardy zone for the Silky Dogwood ranges from a 4 to an 8. The shrub doesn't require much sunlight and prefers to grow in the shade, but it can grow well in partial to moderate sunlight. The height of a mature Silky Dogwood shrub averages between 6 and 10 feet high and 6 to 10 feet wide. The soil required to grow the shrub is somewhat poorly drained but moist, acid and neutral soils. Though, it can tolerate alkaline soil. Fertilizing the soil isn't needed for this type of shrub, but it will help ensure growth as the Silky Dogwood can sometimes be difficult to grow by planting in unnatural areas. Watering the Silky Dogwood shrub when it's in its infancy is crucial until the roots are established. Once the roots are settled, caring for the shrub requires minimal effort. Daily watering and pruning isn't required however, it can't tolerate drought conditions. The Silky Dogwood shrub isn't known to have any diseases or insect problems. Although, cankers and lesions can occur at the stems due to insect biting.