PNW Landscape Plant Guide

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Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas)

Oy veh! Again with the misleading common names. Cornelian Cherry is a Dogwood, not a cherry, and is native to eastern Europe to Western Asia – as in Poland, through the Balkan countries, Georgia, and east to Uzbekistan. It has been harvested there for millennia, used for juice and preserves.

One delightful feature is its bright sunny yellow blooms in late winter to very early spring. The blooms don’t resemble other Dogwood trees or Dogwood shrubs at all. They are tight bunches of tiny golden yellow flowers that smother the tree before the leaves are open. When the leaves emerge, the flowers fade and begin turning to fruit which is harvested in late summer.

Fruit resembles small oblong pie cherries. They can be bright red or butter yellow depending on variety. They have a bright, sweet/tart flavor that is along the lines of tart cherry with plum and kiwi overtones and are very nutritious. When fruit is set, the tree looks like it has been decorated with tiny ornaments. The fruit is best just as it starts falling to the ground. We go out every two days and harvest the fallen fruit because it is the sweetest then.

Gets 15-18 feet tall with a rounded canopy – kinda lollipop shaped. Autumn leaf color is awesome and it is happy with a few hours to full sun. Trouble free. Here’s a link to an NIH article about its nutrition:

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See them at our nursery 10-5, Tuesday-Sunday.