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Silky Dogwood
Cornus obliqua

Silky Dogwood (Cornus obliqua) Family: Dogwood Family (Cornaceae)

Group: Dogwoods

Distinctive features: Shrub

Similar species:
  •   Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera)

  •   Dogwoods

Flowers: Summer;  White;  4 parts (petals)

Leaves: Opposite/Whorled, Simple, Entire

Height: 3 m (9 ft)

Habitat: Wet Areas, Marshes, Shrub Swamps

Books: Shrubs of Ontario: 353    Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 166   

Native/Non-native: Native

Notes: A dogwood with gorgeous blue berries. It tolerates wet swampy ground and less wet conditions too.

See Also:
  •   Great Americans: Dogwood, from The Monday Garden, by Sue Sweeney


Photographs: 118 photographs available, of which 10 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Silky Dogwood (Cornus obliqua) entire plant

An entire plant. It grows in damp or wet areas.

Silky Dogwood (Cornus obliqua) upper side of leaf

Upper surface of a leaf.

Silky Dogwood (Cornus obliqua) underside of leaf

Underside of a leaf.

Silky Dogwood (Cornus obliqua) leaf bud opening

This stem shows the silky hairs which give this shrub its common name.

Silky Dogwood (Cornus obliqua) stem and bark

The stem of Silky Dogwood has these markings on it, which are absent from Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera) bark.

Silky Dogwood (Cornus obliqua) pith

The pith of Silky Dogwood distinguishes it from the similar Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera), whose pith is white.

Silky Dogwood (Cornus obliqua) entire plant in fall

Silky Dogwood plant in the fall.

Silky Dogwood (Cornus obliqua) fruit

Cluster of Silky Dogwood ripe fruit.

Silky Dogwood (Cornus obliqua) flower cluster

Flower cluster.

Silky Dogwood (Cornus obliqua) flowers

Flowers just starting to open.