Silky Dogwood does well on swampy land and branches may bend down and root in wet soil.
Cornus obliqua aka Silky Dogwood or Pale Dogwood is valuable resource for our pollinator populations, and the fall fruit is an excellent resource for songbirds. Does well on swampy land. Branches may bend down and root in wet soil. Great for naturalizing or shrub borders. Deer resistant.
Silky Dogwood Characteristics
Leaves: Medium to dark green in summer. Green above and may be silky grayish when young, paler below.
Stem/Bark: As shrub matures stems turn to reddish-brown year round and eventually gray. Silky gray hairs on twigs.
Flower: Small white flowers in a flat-topped clusters, 2 inches in diameter that appear in late May and early June.
Fruit/Nut: Bluish berry clusters in August.
Habit: Rounded multi-stemmed deciduous shrub becoming more open with age.
Light Requirement: Part Sun to Sun
Hardiness: Zone 4
Height: 6’ – 10’
Width: 6’ – 10’
Why grow native plants?
A native plant is defined as a species of fauna that was already established before colonization. There are numerous benefits to the use of native plants. Native plants have grown and evolved in a given area for generations and therefore are more prepared to face the elements. As a result they are much hardier and less finicky to care for. The wildlife in the area has also evolved along side these plants, and because of this has formed bonds with them. Most butterflies have a specific plant species from which they collect nectar for their offspring.
There are many birds that will feed directly from local trees for seed, nectar or fruit, but won’t use the bird feeder you’ve bought to attract them. These plants also work together to grow as natural plant communities. Most of the trees won’t grow their leaves until after the wildflowers have had an adequate amount of time to flower before they’re covered by shade. Finally, of course, there is the fact that all of these plants and animals combine to make a sustainable, complete, functioning ecosystem. Why fight thousands of years of evolution?
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