Cornus mas Cornus

Cornus

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

Attributes

  • Flowering month: February
  • Fruit for wildlife
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Autumn colour
  • Do not prune
  • S Size: Small
  • Growth rate: Slow

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