Cornus amomum

silky dogwood, silky cornel


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 10 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting bark


Recommended Uses: Wet site hedge, wet site specimen plant especially if a clump is suitable.

Rarely planted but considerable value especially in areas where most shrubs are bare during the winter.
Propagation: Seed, softwood cuttings.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Clay, loam


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Fruits used by birds and small mammals. Good cover plant. Pollinated by bees, flies, beetles. Larval host for cecropia silkmoth (Hyalophora cecropia) and spring azure butterfly (Celastrina ladon).
Native Habitats: Riverine swamps, natural levees along streams, lake margins. Typically in areas with shallow annual inundation, typically during the winter/early spring season.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Has considerable winter interest as its bark is smooth and red.