Cornus amomum

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

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Silky Dogwood, Silky Cornel


Plant Specifics

Size:to 10 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Habitats:Riverine swamps, natural levees along streams, lake margins. Typically in areas with shallow annual inundation, typically during the winter/early spring season.


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.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/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.