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 normally blooms in the early spring and produces fruit and seeds in the spring to the summer. The Silky Dogwood makes for great wildlife borders and windbreaks. They are a great 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 the month of September.
The Silky Dogwood Shrub is a wonderful 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 great 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 wonderful contrast for 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 shrubs 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 reasons 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 smaller shrub. 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.