Cornus amomum

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Cornus amomum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Cornales
Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus
Subgenus: Kraniopsis
Species: C. amomum
Binomial name
Cornus amomum

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.[1] 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.[2]


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.


  1. ^ Germplasm Resources Information Network: Cornus amomum
  2. ^ North Carolina State: Wetland Shrubs