The Silky Dogwood, often used as an ornamental tree or hedging, is a fast-growing, hardy shrub that reaches heights between 6 and 10 feet when fully mature.
These particular bushes manage to produce both a flower and a berry. The delicate white blossoms appear in early spring and are quite a sight to see. Near the end of August you will notice that bluish-colored berries have appeared and have attracted various wildlife including many species of birds. As the leaves fall from the shrub, the branches change to a very attractive reddish-purple for the winter months.
You will find that out of all of the Dogwood trees and shrubs, this one is the easiest to grow.
Plant your Silky Dogwood in either shade or full sun or even partial shade. It's very compliant and seems to flourish in every lighting phase possible, be it early morning sun, evening, shade, or any of the variations that occur throughout the day and evening.
The same can be said for the soil in which you choose to plant your silky Dogwood. You can choose to use acidic soil or alkaline soil. Either will lead to great success in raising a healthy bush. The soil can be rich, sandy, silt, wet, or extremely well-drained. These bushes are notorious for being good drought resistant plants.
As you can see they are very adaptable to all types of soil. It is basically impossible to plant one of these shrubs in a bad spot and you can never over water or underwater this type of Dogwood.
Pruning should not be overlooked. It's one of the easiest things you can do to ensure a healthy shrub. Begin your pruning by removing all sickly, dead and damaged looking twigs and branches. This not only helps your plant look good but it's also beneficial to it's well being.
Next, trim at least one of the more mature canes, the thicker stems of the shrub, down to the ground. Each of these shrubs usually has 4 to 8 mature canes. It's good to take one of them down to ground level simply to allow the shrub to regrow an even younger, stronger cane. This will add to the density of your shrub. Do this in the dormant season, when the plant is not blooming or producing berries.
You can prune your Silky Dogwood into any shape you wish. Some people choose to use them as an accent shrub but when grouped together they can make a sturdy yet lovely hedge or even a nice border for a yard. This pruning should be done in early spring or late fall.
The Silky Dogwood is a hardy and low maintenance shrub that tends to grow well anywhere.