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- Hardiness Zone: 4-7
- Spacing: 15-30'
- Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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Native to parts of Europe and the Middle East, Cornelian Cherry Dogwood has played a role in human life for thousands of years. Archaeological finds have indicated that people enjoyed its fruits 7,000 years ago! Today the fragrant sweet-tart “cherries” are still made into wine, jellies, puddings, and syrups in its native lands. A variegated version of this lovely and useful tree, called ‘Elegantissima’, was grown in Germany as long ago as 1772, but that plant is a weak bloomer. At some point, it was largely replaced by this vastly superior variegated selection which flowers and fruits abundantly once established.
Cornelian Cherry fruits look somewhat like cherries, although they are actually Dogwood fruits and aren’t related to Cherries at all. The “Cornelian” part of this tree’s name is also a reference to its fruits. “Cornelian” (or “Carnelian”) is a deep red gemstone found in Brazil, Germany, and other parts of the world which looks like a cherry, or a Cornelian Cherry Dogwood fruit, when polished.
How to Grow
Although the Variegated Cornelian Cherry is a Dogwood Tree, it isn’t susceptible to the diseases that Flowering Dogwoods are sometimes afflicted with. In fact, it’s an easygoing tree that will make very few demands on your busy schedule. The only thing it really struggles with is extreme heat and humidity, so it isn’t a great plant for the Deep South. Plant this small tree in full sun or part shade in soil that drains well, and keep the roots cool and moist with a layer of organic mulch and the Bower & Branch™ Water Element. Like many variegated trees, the Variegated Cornelian Cherry Dogwood is a slow-growing tree that will stay smaller than all-green varieties.
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6-8' Tall. Grown in our #15 tree container. This tree will make the neighborhood swoon.
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