Thursday, March 23, 2023

Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas) Plant Profile

Cornus Mas Plant Profile

Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas) is a small tree or large shrub in the dogwood family. It is deciduous and blooms in the late winter into early spring. The flowers are a clear yellow and held out on short stems along the branches.

It is native to Western Asia and southern Europe. It is hardy to USDA zones 4 to 8. It grows best in full sun to part shade in average soils.

Cornelian Cherry is deer-resistant and low-maintenance. It is a good choice for an urban street tree because of its small size and tough nature.

Remove any root suckers as soon as you see them emerge to control its spread.

Cornelian Cherry gets its common name from the fruits it produces in mid-summer. These are edible -- though a bit astringent. They are quite good processed into jams, jellies, and syrups. The fruits are also eaten by birds and squirrels.

Cornus Mas: You Can Grow That!

The video was produced by Washington Gardener Magazine as part of our Plant Profile series for Mid-Atlantic USA gardeners.

Video and editing by Jessica Harden

Audio and text by Kathy Jentz

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