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Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry)

Cornelian Cherry, Cornel, Sorbet Edible Dogwood


Remarkably ornamental and adaptable, Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry) is a deciduous shrub or small tree providing multiseason interest. In late winter to early spring, a profusion of small rounded clusters of tiny, bright yellow flowers open on the naked branches and will persist for several weeks. The showy blooms are followed by attractive glossy red, cherry-like fruits in midsummer. Edible, they may be used for syrups and preserves.

Bushy, this small to medium sized flowering tree sports oval dark green leaves which turn purple in the fall, before shedding to the ground and revealing the rough, rich brown, exfoliating bark. A tough landscape tree of great beauty.

  • Winner of the Gold Medal award of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and of the Cary Award, which recognizes plants that are particularly adequate for New England, offer superior landscape appeal, are winter hardy and pest resistant. 
  • Grows up to 15-25 ft. tall (450-750 cm) and 12-20 ft. wide (360-600 cm)
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Prefers moist, organically rich soils.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant, as hedge or screen, for cottage gardens.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is deer resistant and generally pest and disease free.
  • Promptly remove any suckers to prevent spread.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood or hardwood cuttings or grafting
  • Native to central and southern Europe into western Asia

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Cornus - Dogwoods
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Summer (Mid)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
Spread 12' – 20' (3.6m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Cornus - Dogwoods
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Summer (Mid)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
Spread 12' – 20' (3.6m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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