Description

**Pre-orders are for local pickup only. We do not ship plants. Please double check your location and ensure you are able to pick up your plants in the spring (available for pickup starting May 11th). Specify pickup date in 'notes' when completing your order.

**This plant is native to Northern Michigan

Growing Requirements:

  • Flourishes in moist to wet, well-drained soil
  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade
  • Tolerant of various soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils
  • Adaptable to wetland habitats, including stream banks, marshes, and floodplains
  • Hardy in USDA zones 4-8

Features:

Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum) is an elegant deciduous shrub valued for its attractive foliage, showy white flowers, and vibrant berries. Its adaptability to wetland habitats makes it an essential component of riparian zones, providing habitat, stabilizing soil, and enhancing the ecological integrity of wetland ecosystems. This native plant not only contributes to the natural beauty of the landscape but also supports a variety of wildlife species.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, Silky Dogwood can reach a height of 6 to 12 feet with a spread of 6 to 10 feet. Its multi-stemmed growth habit and arching branches create a dense thicket, offering cover, nesting sites, and food sources for birds, insects, and small mammals in wetland habitats.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

Silky Dogwood offers several ecological benefits, enriching the local ecosystem and supporting biodiversity:

  • Wildlife Habitat: The dense foliage, showy flowers, and vibrant berries of Silky Dogwood provide habitat and sustenance for birds, insects, and small mammals, contributing to habitat diversity and ecological balance in wetland habitats.
  • Soil Stabilization: The extensive root system of Silky Dogwood helps stabilize soil along stream banks, marshes, and wetland edges, reducing erosion and sedimentation in water bodies.
  • Water Quality Improvement: Silky Dogwood plays a crucial role in improving water quality by absorbing excess nutrients and filtering pollutants from runoff, enhancing the health and integrity of wetland ecosystems.
  • Visual Interest: With its attractive foliage, showy flowers, and vibrant berries, Silky Dogwood adds texture and interest to wetland landscapes, creating a naturalistic and visually appealing environment.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Silky Dogwood is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal watering and care. It's an excellent choice for landowners seeking to enhance the ecological value of their wetland properties.