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Cornus amomum

Common name silky dogwood
Family cornaceae
Life cycle deciduous shrub (Z5-8)
Flowers white (May-July)
Size 6-10 ft
Light part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
Seed ripenslate October

One of the shrubby dogwoods with colored stems. The white flowers in spring are nice enough, but mostly these shrubs just help define the border between our lane and the neighbors' yard.

Cornus amomum
silky dogwood
Nice fall foliage. The berries aren't so attractive, though
Cornus amomum
Stems are supposedly purple - I'd say burgundy is closer

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from AHS '01/'02 exchange. Sowed to pot outside early Feb; 20%G by mid-April
  2. Seed from '06 garden. Baggy with whole berries 35F (6w) - 70F (9w; no G). Nicking did not help.

Wintersowing appears to be the more successful approach.

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