Silky dogwood has white flowers in June and small, blue fruits that ripen in August. The flowers attract a range of insects, such as bees, beetles, beneficial wasps and flies, butterflies and others. The fruits are eaten by birds (including ducks, quail, & turkeys), rabbits, and other small animals. Birds will also feed on the various insects and insect larvae that use silky dogwood as a host plant.
It has a forsythia-like habit with long arching stems. The stems will form roots when they bend over enough to reach the ground. This allows the plant to form colonies and would make it suitable as a windbreak. When growing in thickets, it provides valuable cover for wildlife. You can prevent it from spreading too much by removing the older, arching canes. An easy-to-grow shrub good for rain gardens & wildlife.
* Note that we may have to prune your plant heavily if you need us to ship it to you. *
Uses: Rain gardens, butterflies, wildlife, windbreak, erosion
Bloom time: June
Height: 6 to 8 feet
Space: 3 to 8 feet
Sun: Sun to shade
Moisture: Average to moist