silky dogwood

noun
variants: or less commonly silky cornel

Definition of silky dogwood

:either of two deciduous North American shrubs of moist areas having silky hairs on the leaves and shoots, reddish purple to reddish brown twigs and young branches, and flat-topped clusters of whitish flowers:
a :a shrub (Cornus amomum) with a compact habit of growth and pale to dark blue berrylike fruits
b :a closely related shrub (Cornus obliqua) with a looser habit of growth and blue to whitish fruit

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First Known Use of silky dogwood

1834


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