Cornus amomum

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Cornus amomum
Cornus amomum

Swamp Dogwood
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Binomial:Cornus amomum
Water requirements:Grows in very wet soils
Pruning tolerance:Tolerates coppicing and cutbacks
Pollination:Insect pollenated

The Swamp Dogwood (Cornus amomum) is a shrub native to eastern North America, commonly found in wetlands and along streambanks. It is rarely planted in gardens, but is useful for stabilizing stream and river banks.

Other common names include: Kinnikinnik, Silky Cornel, Blueberry Cornel, Red Osier, Redbrush, Red Willow, Rose Willow and Squaw Bush.


A large, suckering shrub with dark reddish bark.

Growing Conditions[edit]

Wet soils, but not in standing water.



Used to anchor stream banks and for bird and wildlife habitat. Generally a bit wild for garden situations unless regularly cut to the ground to maintain a neat form.


Tolerates cutback cultivation.


Propagated by stakes.

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