Silky Dogwood displays colorful summer fruits which is its
best ornamental and wildlife asset. Its thin twigs of winter
cast a reddish-purple hue to the landscape. The Silky Dogwood
grows to 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide under optimum conditions
as a single specimen, although suckering may add to its width
Silky Dogwood prefers moist to wet sites in soils of various
composition. It adapts to dry soils, poor soils, or soils
that are wet in winter and spring, and dry in summer and autumn.
The Silky Dogwood is found in zones 4 to 8, and prospers in
full sun to partial shade.
mid-spring perfect flowers of Silky Dogwood are flat-topped
and white but without the large, showy bracts that are characteristic
of Flowering Dogwood. The Silky Dogwood exhibits blue-black
fruits that mature in mid-summer. The fruits produced by the
Silky Dogwood are quickly consumed by birds, squirrels, and
other woodland inhabitants.