Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas) in the Dogwoods Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 15 to 25 feet
Plant Spread: 15 to 20 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Powdery Mildew
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Monoecious


Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 23, 2013 2:55 PM

The fruit fully ripens only after it falls from the tree. When ripe, the fruit is dark ruby red or a bright yellow. It has an acidic flavour which is best described as a mixture of cranberry and sour cherry; it is mainly used for making jam, makes an excellent sauce similar to cranberry sauce when pitted and then boiled with sugar and orange, but also can be eaten dried. (Wikipedia)

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 9, 2018 2:57 PM

The Corneliancherry Dogwood is native to central & southern Europe and western Asia. It is not commonly planted in eastern North America; just occasionally, mostly planted by landscape architects and designers at estates, parks, public spaces, and campuses. The general gardening public does not really know this plant. More are planted in the upper Midwest than in the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast US. It is a good quality, neat plant that grows about 1.5 feet/year when young. It many tiny yellow flower clusters are its biggest ornamental factor that bloom about 3 or 4 weeks sometime during a time frame of late February into mid-April. It is a thick, bushy small tree with dark, thick foliage, though it can be pruned up to be a real tree. It does not get good fall color and the leaves often fall green. It has gray-brown flaky, exfoliating, and scaly bark.

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