Jun. 15, 2018

silky dogwood, Cornus amomum

Silky dogwood! The identification isn't always easy. If you've got the right number of leaf veins, and the second-year twig pith is white, you're on the right track. But it could still be gray dogwood. So break out the hand lens, and look at the tip of a pistil (that little spike at the flower center). What, you don't carry a lens? So take the lens off your camera, and look through it backwards. What, you can't take the lens off your phone? Then you better have very sharp eyes. The very end of the pistil is swollen. It's silky dogwood for sure. Or you can just wait until fall, to see if the berries are blue. Silky dogwood is a colonial shrub in AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, Il, IN(E), KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, and WV. Lenawee Co MI, 6/14/18.