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Out of Season Cornelian Cherry

Cornelian Cherry

Adds Unique Floral Sweetness to Fruit Preserves

An easy-to-grow fruit tree that's a breeze to incorporate into the landscape. Growing just 15- to 25-ft. tall with a compact, branching habit, it has unique exfoliating bark and dark, glossy green foliage that turns purple-red in the fall. Its attractive yellow flowers bloom in the spring and its red, elongated fruits ripen in August. Tart, cherry-like fruit can be used in preserves, baking, juice and wine—as well as attracting birds and wildlife. Plant in partial shade, and plant 2 or more for better fruiting. Zones 4-8. Not available in FL.



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  • Botanical Name: Cornus mas
  • Height: 15 - 25 ft
  • Spacing: 20 - 25 ft
  • Depth: Plant in the spring in a sunny location. Place the plant in the hole at the same level it was grown by the nursery. This is where the roots start and the tops shoots begin. Spread the roots out evenly. Gently work the soil around the roots do not pack the soil. Water plant thoroughly.
  • Spread: 12 - 18 ft
  • Light Required: Partial shade
  • Pollinator: Plant 2 or more for better pollination & fruiting.
  • Yield: 30-40 lbs of fruit on a mature tree.
  • Color: Yellow flowers
  • Foliage: Opposite, simple leaves, 2-4" long, dark glossy green tuning to purple-red in fall. Bark is flaky, exfoliating and gray-brown.
  • Blooms: Early spring before the forsythia. Flowers last one to three weeks.
  • Fruit: Red elongated fruits shaped like an olive. Between 1/2- 1 inch long. Fruit is similar to a tart cherry.
  • Zone: 4-8
  • Form: Upright rounded small tree, dense and compact branching
  • Flower Form: Tiny acid-yellow flowers are borne in dense umbels less than an inch across.
  • Soil Requirements: Rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Pruning: Prune damaged, diseased, and dead limbs. Limbs that grow inward toward the center of the tree. About third of the new growth (from that year) annually, while trees are dormant.
  • Comments: Unique exfoliating bark and compact branching habit makes this small tree easy to incorporate into the landscape. Fruit can be used in preserves, baking, juice and wine, as well as attracting birds and wildlife.

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