How to Grow Silky Dogwood


Silky dogwood (Cornus amomum) is a medium (to 16 feet) deciduous shrub native to the eastern United States. If planted in full sun it will bloom with small, white flowers in late May or early June. Common uses for this plant include windbreaks, borders and as ornamentals. In the wild, silky dogwood can be found growing in marshes and on the banks of rivers and streams. The silky dogwood is hardy to USDA zones 4 to 8.

Step 1

Choose a location for your silky dogwood that receives full sun to partial shade. Dig a hole the same depth and twice the width of the pot in which the silky dogwood is growing. Lower the plant into the hole and fill the hole with soil. Water the silky dogwood after planting until the water puddles on the surface of the soil.

Step 2

Lay down a 3-inch layer of mulch, extending 4 feet out, around the base of the shrub. This will help the soil to retain moisture and keep the roots cool.

Step 3

Water the silky dogwood when the top inch of soil becomes dry. This shrub will tolerate dry conditions periodically but overall requires consistently moist soil.

Step 4

Remove any dead or diseased branches from the silky dogwood. Otherwise, the shrub doesn't require pruning, unless there is a certain shape that you desire.

Step 5

Fertilize the young silky dogwood with 4 tbsp. of 12-4-8 fertilizer in February and June. For a mature tree use one cup per inch of trunk diameter.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer


  • U.S. Department of Agriculture: Silky Dogwood
  • "Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing and Propagating North American Woody Plants;" William Cullina; 2002
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