Attracting both birds and human eyes with its white and blue-violet fruits, silky dogwood is a great plant for a variety of soils and light exposures. This multistemmed deciduous shrub may vigorously become a rounded plant but with spreading branches. It is native to the extreme eastern United States from Massachusetts to Georgia and Tennessee and perhaps can look a bit unkempt. Its bark becomes fissured, the youngest twigs carry reddish brown tones.
The medium or deep green leaves are elliptical in shape with minutely wavy edges. The nearly parallel veins add visual interest and leaves are held opposite each other on the sienna twigs. At summer's start, flattened small clusters of tiny white, four-petaled flowers are seen across the shrub. After attracting insect pollinators the blossoms become pea-sized berries that are mottled indigo or blue-violet with white, perhaps silky gray. Birds quickly strip the shrub of its ripe, nearly black fruits. In autumn the leaves unassumingly become brown via muted tones of purple or dark red.
Plant silky dogwood is full sun to partial shade in practically any wet to average soil that is fertile. It is not a formal-looking shrub, but readily contirbuted to the interst of mixed borders, naturalized woodland gardens or as a hedge or screen. (Source: lern2grow.com)
Genus - Cornus
Species - Amomum
Common name - Silky Dogwood
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 8
Height - 6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m
Spread - 6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m
Plant type - Shrub
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Sand
Water requirements - Average Water
Landscape uses - Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
Germination rate - 76%
Bloom season - Early Summer
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Ivory
|1. Soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours.
2. Fill a nursery flat or other germination container, to within 1/2 inch of the rim, with a sterile germinating mix. Moisten the mix thoroughly.
3. Sow the seeds ~2 mm deep in the mix. Moisten the seeds and place the flat in a cold frame or in the refrigerator at +2-+4C for 90 days. Keep the seeds moist during this period.
4. Remove the flat from the refrigerator and place it in an area with indirect sunlight and where the temperature remains between +15-+20 C (60-68 F).
5. Keep in good ventilated room or place. Good air circulation is required.
5. Spray the seeds periodically with room-temperature water from a misting bottle to ensure they remain moist. Seeds typically germinate within 20 days to three months.