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Cornelian Cherry

Cornelian-cherry dogwood, one of the first trees to flower in spring. It is a small, low maintenance tree or large shrub. It thrives in well-drained soil and is a great choice for a smaller property.  Tight clusters of small star-shaped yellow flowers bloom in early spring, covering the tree before  the leaves emerge. Clean, medium-green foliage appears in summer, shortly followed by dark red fruits which ripen in July. The fruit is edible. The leaves develop shades of reddish-purple in fall, and its peeling, exfoliating brown bark gives it four-season interest.The tree is native to Europe and Asia.

  • Height: 4.5-7.5 m (15-25 ft)
  • Spread: 3.6-6 m (12-20 ft)
  • Sun or Shade: sun to part shade
  • Bloom Time: early spring
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: yellow
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: birds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Cornelian cherry dogwood igrows best in well-drained, rich soil with added compost. It will not grow  in heavy soils that are constantly remain wet. While it  prefers a slightly acidic soil, cornelian cherry can grow even in slightly alkaline conditions, thriving in soil with a pH range of 5.0 to 8.0. It is a slow grower making it suitable for smaller spaces. 

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