At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Cornaceae
Latin Name: Cornus amomum
Foliage: Medium green
Fall Foliage: Purple to reddish
Bloom: Yellowish-white
Bloom Time: May to June
Shape: Open to rounded
Bark: Red brown to gray brown
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 5 to Zone 8
Size: 12 to 6 feet
Spread: 12 to 6 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil

Named thus for the silky silvery fuzz underlying its leaves and twigs, the Silky Dogwood—or, by its binomial name, Cornus Amomum—is a deciduous shrub belonging to the Cornaceae family and is native to eastern North America. With a hardiness zone rating of 5-8, the Silky Dogwood is an attractively rounded plant that thrives in medium to wet well-drained soils, and it is partial to conditions that allow for full sun to partial shade. With a height and span of 6-12 ft., this species is commonly used as a hedge or an ornamental landscape plant; like most other dogwood varieties, it can spread to form thickets if left unattended, but can also be manicured according to taste with a bit of pruning.

The Silky Dogwood’s flat-topped clusters of golden-white flowers appear in May and June, attracting a wide range of butterflies and other pollinators. Similar to other members of its botanical family, the Silky Dogwood is also characterized by its summer clusters of blue-white berries and its distinctive reddish-gray bark. Its green foliage, oval to elliptic in shape with distinct veins, darkens to spectacular hues of scarlet and reddish-purple in the autumn. This lovely coloration pairs beautifully with the changing colors of the tree’s twigs as their hairs darken from silvery-gray to a handsome reddish-purple.

Low-maintenance, adaptable, and ornamental, the Silky Dogwood is favored by gardeners across the nation. It’s very resilient to pests and diseases, while its multi-branched root system also helps to prevent soil erosion in more moist soils and wetland areas. Sometimes confused with the Red Osier Dogwood, you should remember that one very characteristic difference is the coloration—the colors of the trees’ respective piths, fruits, and flowers: the Silky Dogwood’s pith is brown, its blossoms are more yellow, and its fruits are tinged a brighter blue; the Red Osier’s pith and flowers are white, and its fruit is also of a paler hue.

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