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Cornus mas

Cornus mas

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Cornelian Cherry is truly a four-season plant. It is one of the first of the dogwoods (for it is a dogwood, not a cherry) to burst into bloom. The individual yellow flowers are tiny, but they are borne in such profusion that they light up the early spring landscape. New leaves emerge once the blooms have faded. In mid-summer, large red fruits appear. These are edible, but we prefer to leave them to the birds. The dark green leaves deepen to purple as fall approaches. After the leaves drop, the wonderful exfoliating bark is revealed.

This is a tough tree that is easy to grow in almost any situation, but prefers moist, organically rich soils.

Did we mention how versatile this plant is? It can be grown as a large shrub, a specimen tree, or used as a hedge. It is deer resistant and has few pests or diseases. Remove suckers to prevent spread.

Distinctions: Winner of an Gold Medal Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; winner of a Cary Award from the New England Botanic Garden, which highlights landscape plants with a proven performance across New England.

Zones: 4 to 8

Family: Cornaceae

Type: Deciduous Tree

Height: 15 to 25 ft.

Spread: 15 to 20 ft.

Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

Soil Conditions: Medium

Bloom Time: March to April

Native Range: Native to Southern and Central Europe and Western Asia.

Note: #5 plants are too large to ship. Local pick-up only please.

Image Credits:

  • Images 1 (form) Averater, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Image 2 (flowers) Image by juejuliet from PixabayImage by juejuliet from Pixabay
  • Image 3 (fruit) Image by Goran Horvat from Pixabay
  • Image 4 (bark) Downtowngal, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Image 5 (spring) Cayambe, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Image 6 (topiary form) cultivar413, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Image 7 (form) Arianna Gasperini, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Image 6 (with fruit) CrniBombarder!!!, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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