Its thin twigs of winter cast a reddish-purple hue to the landscape.
The Silky Dogwood grows to 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide under optimum conditions as a single specimen, although suckering may add to its width over time.
Silky Dogwood prefers moist to wet sites in soils of various composition.
It adapts to dry soils, poor soils, or soils that are wet in winter and spring, and dry in summer and autumn. The Silky Dogwood is found in zones 4 to 8, and prospers in full sun to partial shade.
The mid-spring perfect flowers of Silky Dogwood are flat-topped and white but without the large, showy bracts that are characteristic of Flowering Dogwood.
The Silky Dogwood exhibits blue-black fruits that mature in mid-summer. The fruits produced by the Silky Dogwood are quickly consumed by birds, squirrels, and other woodland inhabitants.