Cornelian cherry

Did you know? Cornus mas, the "male" cornel, was named so to distinguish it from Cornus sanguinea, the true dogberry or "female" cornel.
Common name : Cornelian cherry
Scientific name : Cornus mas
Family : Cornaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Cornus mas - the Cornelian cherry - is a species in the dogwood family Cornaceae native to Southern Europe and Southwestern Asia. It is a deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 5–12 m tall, with dark brown branches and greenish twigs, opposite, 4–10 cm long ovate leaves with an entire margin and small yellow flowers.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 100 - 1200
pH 6 - 7

Identify my cornelian cherry

These dogwoods have colorful stems during the winter, on which grow opposite, simple, whole leaves. The flowering is in corymbs of small white flowers.

Plant my cornelian cherry

Plant from the end of autumn to the beginning of spring, in the sun, in all types of soil except very rich earth. Don't bury the base of the plant too deeply. Tamp down the earth around the roots, form a shallow basin and water until no more can be absorbed.

Mulch my cornelian cherry

Mulch in November each year with deciduous wood chips to protect the soil — especially for the first few years — and limit the need for weeding.

Water my cornelian cherry

The first month, water twice a week.

Prune my cornelian cherry

In March, every year, prune all the branches, just flush with the ground; this operation is called coppicing, it forces the plant to re-emit stems from its roots. If you notice that your shrub is weakened by competition from taller plants, trim it every other year.

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