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Cornus amomum subsp. amomum (silky dogwood)

Synonyms: Swida amomum

Wikipedia Abstract

Cornus amomum (Silky Dogwood) is a species of dogwood native to eastern North America, from Ontario and Quebec south to Arkansas and Georgia. Also found in other parts of North America. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 5 m tall. The leaves are opposite, 10 cm long and 7 cm broad, oval with an acute apex. The flowers are produced in cymes. The fruit is a small blue drupe.
View Wikipedia Record: Cornus amomum subsp. amomum


Height [3]  9.8 feet (3 m)
Allergen Potential [1]  Medium
Screening - Summer [2]  Dense
Screening - Winter [2]  Moderate
Hardiness Zone Minimum [2]  USDA Zone: 3 Low Temperature: -40 F° (-40 C°) → -30 F° (-34.4 C°)
Light Preference [2]  Mixed Sun/Shade
Soil Acidity [2]  Moderate Acid
Soil Fertility [2]  Intermediate
Water Use [2]  High
Flower Color [2]  White
Foliage Color [2]  Green
Fruit Color [2]  Green
Flower Conspicuous [2]  Yes
Fruit Conspicuous [2]  Yes
Bloom Period [2]  Early Spring
Drought Tolerance [2]  Low
Edible [3]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Fire Tolerance [2]  High
Flower Type [3]  Hermaphrodite
Frost Free Days [2]  3 months 20 days
Fruit/Seed Abundance [2]  Low
Fruit/Seed Begin [2]  Spring
Fruit/Seed End [2]  Summer
Growth Form [2]  Stoloniferous
Growth Period [2]  Spring, Summer
Growth Rate [2]  Moderate
Leaf Type [3]  Deciduous
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Pollinators [3]  Insects, Lepidoptera
Propagation [2]  Bare Root, Container, Cutting, Seed
Root Depth [2]  16 inches (41 cm)
Seed Spread Rate [2]  Slow
Seed Vigor [2]  Medium
Seeds Per [2]  12200 / lb (26896 / kg)
Shape/Orientation [2]  Semi-Erect
Structure [3]  Shrub
Usage [3]  The powdered bark is used as a toothpowder;
Vegetative Spread Rate [2]  Slow
View Plants For A Future Record : Cornus amomum subsp. amomum

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Map Climate Land Use
Allegheny Portage Railroad Nat'l Hist. Site National Historic Site III 1152 Pennsylvania, United States
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area National Recreation Area V 120283 Kentucky, Tennessee, United States
Blue Ridge Parkway National Parkway V 73611 North Carolina, Virginia, United States
Bluestone National Scenic River National River and Wild and Scenic Riverway V 3517 West Virginia, United States
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge VI 16363 Delaware, United States
Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve 90 Michigan, United States
Carolinian-South Atlantic Biosphere Reserve 310228 North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, United States      
Catoctin Mountain Park National Park II 5994 Maryland, United States
Central Gulf Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 40530 United States  
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area V 7622 Georgia, United States
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Hist. Park National Historical Park V 19586 Maryland, District of Columbia, United States
Chippewa Nature Center   Michigan, United States    
Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory LTER Site Long Term Ecological Research   North Carolina, United States
Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge   Puerto Rico, United States
Edwin S. George Reserve 1297 Michigan, United States
Fort Donelson National Battlefield III 560 Tennessee, United States
Fort Necessity National Battlefield III 1019 Pennsylvania, United States
Gauley River National Recreation Area V 10157 West Virginia, United States
George Washington Birthplace National Monument V 435 Virginia, United States
George Washington Memorial Parkway V   Virginia, United States
Gettysburg National Military Park V 3560 Pennsylvania, United States
Great Smoky Mountains National Park II 515454 North Carolina, Tennessee, United States
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge VI 3161 New Jersey, United States
Hobcaw Barony (North Inlet) National Estuarine Research Reserve 7585 South Carolina, United States
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site III 861 Pennsylvania, United States
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park V 1926 Alabama, United States
Morristown National Historical Park VI 1677 New Jersey, United States
National Capital Region - East National Park   District of Columbia, United States
Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve 470167 Ontario, Canada  
Oconee National Forest Botanical Reserve 306 Georgia, United States  
Petersburg National Battlefield III 3338 Virginia, United States
Prince William Forest Park 19378 District of Columbia, United States
Richmond National Battlefield Park III 1517 Virginia, United States
Rock Creek Park   District of Columbia, United States
Roosevelt Vanderbilt National Historic Site   New York, United States        
Saratoga National Historical Park   New York, United States
Shiloh National Military Park III 4061 Tennessee, United States
Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve 37548505 North Carolina, Tennessee, United States  
Tennessee River Gorge   Tennessee, United States
Upper Miss. River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge National Wildlife Refuge VI 25823 Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, United States
Valley Forge National Historical Park VI 3509 Pennsylvania, United States
Western Michigan University's Asylum Lake Preserve 274 Michigan, United States


Chionaspis corni (dogwood scale)[4]


Pollinated by 
Agapostemon radiatus <Unverified Name>[5]
Agapostemon viridulus[5]
Allograpta obliqua[5]
Andrena platyparia[5]
Andrena sayi[5]
Anthemoessa abrupta <Unverified Name>[5]
Anthomyiella pluvialis <Unverified Name>[5]
Apis mellifera (honey bee)[5]
Archytas analis[5]
Archytas aterrima <Unverified Name>[5]
Argynnis cybele <Unverified Name>[5]
Argyramoeba albofasciata <Unverified Name>[5]
Atrytone zabulon <Unverified Name>[5]
Augochlora fervida <Unverified Name>[5]
Basilarchia archippus <Unverified Name>[5]
Basilarchia astyanax <Unverified Name>[5]
Belpharipeza leucophrys <Unverified Name>[5]
Belvosia bifasciata[5]
Boettcheria cimbicis[5]
Bombias separatus <Unverified Name>[5]
Bombus americanorum[5]
Calythea albicincta <Unverified Name>[5]
Centrinus scutellum album <Unverified Name>[5]
Ceratina dupla (Little carpenter bee)[5]
Cerceris finitima <Unverified Name>[5]
Chloralictus pilosus <Unverified Name>[5]
Chloralictus pruinosus <Unverified Name>[5]
Chloralictus tegularis <Unverified Name>[5]
Chloralictus versatus <Unverified Name>[5]
Chrysogaster antitheus[5]
Chrysophanus thoe <Unverified Name>[5]
Curtisapis forbesii <Unverified Name>[5]
Cyaniris pseudargiolus <Unverified Name>[5]
Eristalis dimidiatus[5]
Eristalis stipator[5]
Eristalis transversus <Unverified Name>[5]
Evylaeus pectoralis <Unverified Name>[5]
Halictus parallelus[5]
Helicobia helicis <Unverified Name>[5]
Heraclides cresphontes <Unverified Name>[5]
Holonomada affabilis <Unverified Name>[5]
Isodontia apicalis[5]
Jasoniades glaucus <Unverified Name>[5]
Laertias philenor <Unverified Name>[5]
Leionotus anormis <Unverified Name>[5]
Leionotus arvensis <Unverified Name>[5]
Leionotus foraminatus <Unverified Name>[5]
Leionotus illinoensis <Unverified Name>[5]
Leionotus leucomelas <Unverified Name>[5]
Leionotus ziziae[5]
Limochores taumas <Unverified Name>[5]
Linnaemyia compta <Unverified Name>[5]
Lucilia caesar (Greenbottle Blow Fly)[5]
Lucilia sericata (Green blowfly)[5]
Mallota cimbiciformis[5]
Megachile brevis[5]
Mesogramma marginata[5]
Mordella marginata (tumbling flower beetle)[5]
Myolepta nigra[5]
Notoglossa americana <Unverified Name>[5]
Notoglossa frontalis <Unverified Name>[5]
Odontalictus ligatus <Unverified Name>[5]
Opandrena cressonii <Unverified Name>[5]
Opandrena miserabilis <Unverified Name>[5]
Orthoneura nitida <Unverified Name>[5]
Orthonevra pictipennis[5]
Oxystoglossa confusa <Unverified Name>[5]
Oxystoglossa similis <Unverified Name>[5]
Phorantha purpurascens <Unverified Name>[5]
Phorbia acra <Unverified Name>[5]
Phorbia platura <Unverified Name>[5]
Phyciodes tharos (Pearl crescent-spot)[5]
Polistes fuscatus (Paper wasp)[5]
Pollenia rudis (cluster fly)[5]
Prosopis illinoensis <Unverified Name>[5]
Prosopis pygmaea <Unverified Name>[5]
Pseudopyrellia cornicina <Unverified Name>[5]
Scepsis fulvicollis <Unverified Name>[5]
Solenius interruptus <Unverified Name>[5]
Sphaerophoria cylindrica[5]
Sphex nigricans <Unverified Name>[5]
Sphex vulgaris[5]
Syritta pipiens (thick-legged hoverfly)[5]
Tachandrena heraclei <Unverified Name>[5]
Tetralonia rosae <Unverified Name>[5]
Trachandrena claytoniae <Unverified Name>[5]
Trachandrena crataegi <Unverified Name>[5]
Trachandrena heraclei <Unverified Name>[5]
Trachandrena hippotes <Unverified Name>[5]
Vanessa atalanta (red admiral)[5]
Vanessa huntera <Unverified Name>[5]
Xylocopa virginica (carpenter bee)[5]
Zendalia zendaloides <Unverified Name>[5]
Zodion fulvifrons[5]


North America; Western Michigan University’s Asylum Lake;



Species recognized by Kartesz J., , ITIS Regional: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System in Catalog of Life 2011
Attributes / relations provided by 1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000) 2USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture 3Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License 4Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009 5Robertson, C. Flowers and insects lists of visitors of four hundred and fifty three flowers. 1929. The Science Press Printing Company Lancaster, PA.
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators. Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve Chippewa Nature Center Edwin S. George Reserve, University of Michigan, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Western Michigan University’s Asylum Lake
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