Cornus amomum Cornaceae
Silky Dogwood KOR-nus a-MO-mum
- Broadleaf, deciduous, multistemmed shrub, 6-10 ft (1.8-3 m) tall, with a similar spread, rounded,
open when mature. Stems purplish with appressed pubescence on
younger branches. Leaves simple, opposite, 5-10 cm long and 2.5-5.5 cm wide, elliptic to
elliptic-ovate, tip pointed, base rounded, margin entire, medium to dark green above, somewhat whitish below,
white or brown pubescence on lower veins. Fall color may be green, brown
to purplish-red. Flowers yellowish white, borne in flat-topped clusters (cymes), 4-6 cm across.
Fruit blue, but may fade to white in the sun, about 6 mm diam., ripens in late summer; reportedly
a favorite of some bird species.
- Sun to part shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native range from
Massachusetts to Georgia and west into New York and Tennessee,
- amomum: an Indian spice plant.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: south side of Bloss dorm (2011).