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Cayenne Silky Dogwood

Cornus amomum 'Cayenne'

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Cayenne Silky Dogwood

Cornus amomum 'Cayenne'

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Attractive Bark
Attracts Butterflies
Ornamental Berries

Botanical Name

Cornus amomum 'Cayenne'

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Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun



The Cayenne Silky Dogwood is a new red-twigged dogwood that is ideal for hotter regions where the traditional red-twig dogwood does not grow well. It has long, bright red young twigs, and makes a lovely garden feature during the winter months, when there is always a shortage of color in the garden. It grows into a broad shrub, reaching 6 to 8 feet tall, and up to 10 feet across, but it can be kept smaller by regular hard pruning. As well as the red twigs, this shrub has attractive small white flowers in early summer, followed by berries in a unique shade of china blue. These are attractive to birds and wildlife, and this plant is ideal for more natural areas of the garden.

  • Bright red twigs brighten the winter garden
  • Grows in wet as well as normal soils
  • Happy in all conditions from full sun to full shade
  • Ideal for gardens of native plants
  • Blue berries in late summer feed birds and wildlife

The Cayenne Silky Dogwood will grow well in most soils that are not too dry, and it is a perfect choice for wetter areas too, such as along streams, or around ponds or lakes. It grows well in all light conditions, from full sun to full shade, making it ideal for difficult wet and shady parts of the garden, or for regular areas where you need a larger shrub to fill bigger spaces. It has no significant pests or diseases and it is very easy to grow. Trimming in spring and early summer will encourage lots of new twigs, which have the best red bark coloring. It can also be pruned back to the ground every few years, to maintain a smaller size for smaller gardens.

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