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Silky Dogwood, a versatile native shrub prized for its ornamental value, wildlife habitat, and ecological significance.

General Plant Information:

•Botanical Name: Cornus amomum

•Common Name: Silky Dogwood

•Native Range: Indigenous to eastern North America, including Florida, Cornus amomum thrives in a variety of habitats, from woodlands and forests to wetlands and riparian areas.

•Habitat: Preferring moist to wet soils in partially shaded to sunny locations, Silky Dogwood can be found in both upland and lowland habitats, where it adds beauty and ecological value to the natural landscape.

•Size: This medium to large-sized deciduous shrub typically reaches heights of 6 to 12 feet, with a spreading habit and arching branches that create a graceful silhouette in the garden.

Flowering and Fruiting:

•White Flowers: Cornus amomum blooms in late spring to early summer, producing clusters of small, creamy-white flowers that cover the branches and attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies to the garden.

•Blue-Black Berries: After flowering, Silky Dogwood produces clusters of blue-black berries that ripen in late summer to early fall. The berries are highly valued by wildlife species, including birds and small mammals, making them an important food source in Florida’s ecosystems.


•Sunlight: Thriving in partial shade to full sun, Silky Dogwood adapts well to a range of light conditions, making it suitable for various garden and landscape settings.

•Watering: While tolerant of wet soils once established, regular watering during dry spells encourages optimal growth and fruit production, especially during the establishment period.

•Pruning: Light pruning may be required to shape the shrub and remove dead or diseased branches, promoting overall health and vigor.

Ecological Significance:

•Wildlife Habitat: Cornus amomum provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds, mammals, and insects, enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem resilience in Florida’s natural habitats.

•Soil Stabilization: With its extensive root system and dense growth habit, Silky Dogwood helps stabilize soils and prevent erosion in wetland and riparian areas, making it a valuable addition to restoration projects and natural landscapes.

•Ornamental Value: In addition to its ecological importance, Cornus amomum is highly valued for its ornamental beauty, serving as a focal point in garden landscapes and adding seasonal interest with its flowers, fruit, and attractive foliage.

Silky Dogwood - Cornus amomum


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