Cornus mas

Scientific name: Cornus mas


Common names: “Cornelian cherry” “cornel” “sorbet” “edible dogwood”

Plant Type: Deciduous shrub or small tree


Zone: 5-8

Light: Full sun best, tolerates partial shade

Exposure: Exposed or sheltered

Soil: Average soil

Moisture: Moist well drained, handles too wet or too dry conditions better than most dogwoods


Plant Size: H 15′-25′ W 15′-20′

Leaf and Stem shape: Oval leaves which turn red to purple in autumn

Flower: Umbels of tiny, star-like, scentless yellow flowers, followed by bright red edible fruit, blooms from Feb – March before leaves

Pruning:  Prune after flowers, great to train into a multi stemmed tree

Maintenance: Low

Landscape use: Orchards, flower beds, hedging

Propagate: By cuttings

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

Comments: Fruits high in vitamin C and pectin, for good fruiting need at least 2 trees, named varieties have bigger fruit and a 10′ tree can produce 30-40 lb’s!

Cultivars: 45+ cv’s & hybrids


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