Dogwood - Silky
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Silky Dogwood.
Cornus amomum
Dogwood - Silky

Acquired: tbd
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Silk Dogwood is also known as Silky Cornel and Swamp Dogwood. I acquired this based on the description in the Oikos catalog. It says "Fruit has high amounts of calcium –excellent for good skeletal growth in wildlife and high amounts of fat energy." I thought it would be interesting to have a fruit with fat in the pulp, like an avocado. That is probably a stretch because I can't find any modern facts about human edible uses of Silky Dogwood, but I want to try. Like other dogwoods, if it tastes bad fresh, it may taste good after frost. Since I can't find the facts I need with Google, I will make this page the authoritive resource for the human use of Silky Dogwood.

According to "Fruit Consumption by Birds in Relation to Fat Content of Pulp" [1], the pulp of Silky Dogwood is 5% fat by dry weight. Compare this to 25% for avocado and 50% for olive. Oil of Cornus is "limpid oil" obtained by boiling and pressing the ripe berries [3].

Other facts: Kinnikinnick is a Native American smoking product, typically made of mixture of various leaves or barks with other plant materials. Silky Dogwood was called Kinnikinnick because its bark was added in these mixtures. The book "The Fragrant Garden" [2] says "the inner bark of Cornus amomum have a mild perfume scented fragrance".

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