Cornus amomum P. Mill.

  • Family: Cornaceae (dogwood)
  • Common names: swamp dogwood, silky dogwood

    Shrub to 3 m (9 ft) tall. Bark thin, reddish-brown to gray. Twigs thin, brown-hairy, with brown pith. Leaves opposite, broadly elliptical, 5-10 cm (2-4 in) long and 2.5-5 cm (1-2 in) wide, short-pointed, smooth dark green above, pale green below with brown hairs on veins. Flowers numerous, small, white or greenish-white, blooming in spring. Fruits blue, round, about 6 mm (0.25 in) in diameter, maturing in Fall.

    Distribution: Native to about the eastern third of the U. S.
    Habitat: Mountain streambanks and ravines.
    NWI status: FACW
    Comment: Cornus is derived from the Latin word for horn, referring to the hard wood; amomum is the Latin name of some unknown shrub.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/9/99
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