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Plant A Grove: Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)

By: Sandra Nelson; Images Sandy DeFoe


If you are looking for a medium-sized, hardy shrub with winter interest for the back of the rain garden, Silky Dogwood could be your answer. This native is definitely a four season star with creamy blooms in the spring, berries in the summer, reddish-purple fall foliage and red/brown stems in winter. It forms a loose hedge as it spreads and prefers a  moist to wet soil. It does well in full sun to part shade.and even tolerates a full shade environment. Silky dogwood is attractive to wildlife and will draw many species of birds that feed on the berries.