Cornus mas

Cornus mas

Cornelian cherry

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Flowers
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Fruits
Fruits
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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Cornus mas
  • Common name: Cornelian cherry
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 5m

Spread: 5m

  • Features: Autumn colour, Flowers

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The Cornelian cherry, Cornus mas, is an undemanding and reliable shrub or small tree from central Europe, easily grown in most soils and positions. Its main season of interest is early spring, when small bright yellow flowers open all along the naked stems. These are followed by handsome leaves which turn reddish-purple in autumn, an impressive background for the bright red, cherry-like edible fruits. No routine pruning is needed, although bushes can be cut back any time while dormant if they are becoming too large The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Take cuttings
Take cuttings
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Prune
Prune
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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