Silky dogwood is a large to medium-sized native shrub with creamy white spring flowers , dark green foliage, and reddish stems and burgundy fall color. A great 4-season plant for naturalizing, in mass, and in the shrub border, especially in moist sites. A Midwest native dogwood found in damp to wet sites. Best in full sun in moist areas. Tolerant of soil pH. Tolerant of black walnut toxicity.