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University of Illinois Extension - Selecting Shrubs for Your Home
Silky Dogwood
Cornus amomum
Leaves and fruit of Silky Dogwood

Size: medium

Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Pests and Problems:

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease

Potential for borers and scale insects, but these problems do not occur with regularity. Potential for leaf spot, twig blight, and canker, but these problems do not occur with regularity. This shrub has potential to form thickets and pruning may be needed to keep a desirable shape.
Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8 
Mature Height: 6-10 Feet
Mature Width: 6-10 Feet
Features: Creamy white flowers in flat topped clusters in late spring; pale to porcelain blue fruit, often blotched with white, for a short time in summer (eaten quickly by birds); autumn color is a mild purplish red.
Culture: Full sun to partial shade; prefers a moist, well-drained soil, but tolerates wet and dry sites; tolerates alkaline soil.
Mature Form: Rounded
Native To: United States (and Illinois)
Soil Conditions:
Soil condition: DryDry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Soil condition: WetWet
Tolerance: Alkaline SoilAlkaline Soil
Tolerance: Dry SitesDry Sites
Tolerance: Soil CompactionSoil Compaction
Tolerance: Wet SitesWet Sites
Tolerance: WindWind
Use for: Border.Border
Use for: Massing.Massing
Use for: Naturalizing.Naturalizing
Use for: Screen.Screen
Foliage Color: Green
Fall Foliage Color: Purple
Additional Notes:

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