Cornus amomum Mill. (Silky Dogwood, or Kinnikinnik) is a species of dogwood native to eastern North America, from Ontario and Quebec south to Arkansas and Georgia. It is also found in other parts of North America. Other names for this dogwood include red willow, silky cornel, squawbush, and indigo dogwood.
It is a deciduous shrub growing to 5 m tall. The leaves are opposite, 10 cm long and 7 cm broad, oval with an acute apex. The flowers are produced in cymes. The fruit is a small blue drupe.
Silky Dogwood is usually included in the dogwood genus Cornus as Cornus amomum Mill., although it is sometimes segregated in a separate genus as Swida amomum (Mill.) Small.
Depending on the author, two subspecies or species are generally recognized:
- Cornus amomum Mill. subsp. amomum, or Cornus amomum Mill. - eastern + south-eastern United States.
- Cornus amomum subsp. obliqua Raf., or Cornus obliqua Raf. - eastern Canada, eastern + south-eastern United States.