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Cornus mas
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Cornus mas


Description: Cornus mas, also known as the Cornelian Cherry, has a spreading, open habit. Oval dark green leaves turn to reddish-purple in autumn. Tiny yellow flowers appear in February, followed by glossy red, cherry-like fruits. There are several ‘fruiting’ forms selected for their abundant astringent pearl drop fruits that make excellent compotes and jams.

History: Introduced in the late 1890s and received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1929.

Cornus Growing Tips: Thrives in fertile, humus-rich, neutral to acid soil. Unsuitable for shallow, chalky soils.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 2.5m x 2.5m

General attributes

Text Green Foliage
Text Bushy

Ornamental attributes

Small tree size after 10 years Small tree size after 10 years
Slow growth rate Slow growth rate
Autumn colour Autumn colour
Flowering month - February Flowering month - February
Fruit for wildlife Fruit for wildlife
Chalk tolerant Chalk tolerant
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Shade tolerant Shade tolerant
Don't prune Don't prune