Botanical Name: Cornus amomum
Plant Family: Dogwood (Coraceae)
Description: Silky dogwood is a medium-sized deciduous shrub that is typically found in moist lowland areas, swamp borders, floodplains, shrub wetlands, and along streams and ponds in Eastern North America. Twigs and leaf undersides have silky hairs, hence the common name. Flowers give way to attractive berry-like drupes that change from white to blue as they ripen in late summer, and are a good food source for birds.
Growing Conditions: Grows in average to moist soils in full sun to part shade.
Bloom Time: Mid, May - June
Bloom Color: White
Benefit to pollinators/wildlife: Early nectar source for pollinators, host plant for spring azure butterfly.
Native Status: Native from Maine to southern Ontario to Illinois to Kansas south to Florida, Texas and Mexico. It is the state tree of Missouri and Virginia.
Location in habitat: Pollinator Demonstration Garden