Silky Dogwood

Silky Dogwood Cornus ObliquaThe silky dogwood (Cornus obliqua), also known as the blue-fruited dogwood is found throughout Iowa except in the northwest region of the state. It is a perennial shrub, grows 3-10 ft. tall, and has purplish twigs.

Habitat: Found along streamsides, shorelines, and bottomland woods.

small green silky dogwood berries
Silky Dogwood Fruit - Photo by Chris Evans, River to River CWMA,

Hardiness: Zones 4 through 8

Growth Rate: Moderate

Mature Shape: Rounded

Height: 6-10 feet

Width: 6-10 feet

Site Requirements: Wide range of soils and moisture

Flowering Dates: May - July

Seed Dispersal Dates: September

Seed Bearing Age: 3 years

Seed Bearing Frequency: Yearly

Seed Stratification: No stratification period is needed.

Flowers are white, 4-parted; inflorescence 1 ½ – 2 ½ inches, compact, flat, branched cluster and blooms in May-June. The leaves are opposite, ovate-oval and 1-5 inches long.

silky dogwood twig
Silky Dogwood Twig - Photo by Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia,

silky dogwood leaves
Silky Dogwood Leaves - Photo by Chris Evans, River to River CWMA,