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Silky Dogwood, Silky Cornel
|Size:||to 10 ft|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Interesting bark, Showy flowers|
|Recommended Uses:||Wet site hedge, wet site specimen plant especially if a clump is suitable.|
Rarely planted but considerable value especially in areas where most shrubs are bare during the winter.
|Propagation:||Seed, softwood cuttings.|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Stays Wet ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Stays Wet ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray|
|Soil or other substrate:||Clay, Loam|
Birds and small mammals consume the fruit. Fruits used by birds and small mammals.
Larval host for cecropia silkmoth (Hyalophora cecropia) and spring azure butterfly (Celastrina ladon).
Attracts long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, and butterflies.
|Native Habitats:||Riverine swamps, natural levees along streams, lake margins. Typically in areas with shallow annual inundation, typically during the winter/early spring season.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|General Comments:||Has considerable winter interest as its bark is smooth and red.|