- Latin Name- Cornus Amomum Hardy Zone- 3-9 Mature Height- 6-10ft Width 6-10ft Sun Or Shade- Full Sun
Silky Dogwood - Cornus amomum Mill
The Silky Dogwood is a shrub that can grow from medium to large in height and width. The tree is known for its beautiful white flowers. The tree has great dark waxy green leaves, with a reddish to burgundy stem. It is great for all seasons, but really loves the late summer early fall season. It is great in groups as shade trees and really nice for landscaping borders.
This shrub really like moisture, there fore you can find it used as hedges and massing. The tree can grow up to 8 feet or for those that enjoy shrubs, the shrubs can grow up to 5 feet depending on how planted. It can mature up to 10 feet and just as wide, with the proper soil and moisture. The Silky Dogwood loves the sun for the most part, but can withstand partial to full shade for 4 - 6 hours. You can find this shrub growing in abundance in zones 4 - 8, which includes its native Michigan and Illinois areas.
Silky Dogwoods prefer acidic and alkaline soils that are moist. It does not do well in areas where the soil is too salty or have been sprayed with salt products. It can withstand time periods of moderate drought. This shrub is really showy and will give you pretty fall colors ranging from reds to purples to burgundy. The flowers are a flat white tops and blooms in May - June, but the fruit will ripen in late summer early fall. This shrub is really attractive to birds, for those that enjoy bird watching.
The Silky Dogwood will be a welcomed addition to any backyard or front yard landscape. Its waxy green leaves will provide plenty of shade during those sunny, hot, spring and summer days. A good time to plant this shrub is in mid May. Its growth rate is standard and the average Silky Dogwood is really effective after 2 - 3 years of initial planting.