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Silverberry (Wolf Willow) vs Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

Elaeagnus commutata

Cornus mas

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Silverberry (Wolf Willow)
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

Silverberry (also known as Wolf Willow) is a common native North American shrub. This beautiful ornamental plant has characteristic silver leaves and fragrant yellow flowers.

Its silver berries remain on the branches through the winter. Silverberry is cold hardy and has some ability as a nitrogen fixer. It can grow on dry to moist sandy/gravel soils. This plant is very low maintenance.

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood is an ornamental plant with a variety of uses as it can be grown as a shrub, small tree, hedge, or privacy screen. The bright yellow flowers grow in clusters and bloom in late winter to early spring, providing an early food source for pollinators. They are visually striking as the flowers bloom before the leaves appear and last for several weeks.

Red, cherry-like fruits are produced in midsummer. They are edible but are better suited for preserves and syrups as the taste is fairly sour and astringent, similar to that of sour cherries and cranberries.

The Cornelian Cherry Dogwood was the winner of the Gold Medal Award from The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society as well as the Cary Award for having superior landscape appeal and for being winter hardy and pest resistant.

SILVERBERRY (WOLF WILLOW) QUICK FACTS

CORNELIAN CHERRY DOGWOOD QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 4a
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: silver, edible
Berries: red
Flavor: sour
Flowers: yellow
Flowers: yellow
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium





Other Names: american silverberry, silver berry, wolf willow
Other Names: cornelia cherry, cornelia cherry dogwood, cornelian cherry, cornelian cherry dogwood, european cornel