Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Tree
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Leaf
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Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Additional Product Shot 113
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Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Tree
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Leaf
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Additional Product Shot 112
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Additional Product Shot 113
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Additional Product Shot 719

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Spacing: 15' to 20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Cornus mas

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When the birds ramp up their love songs and the first plants send out new green shoots, look to the Cornelian Cherry Dogwood tree's cheery yellow flowers to confirm that spring is on its way. This super-early bloomer will be a soothing sight to your winter-weary eyes each spring. With its dense, bushy habit, Cornelian Cherry Dogwood makes a nice seasonal privacy screen when planted along your property border, and this wildlife-friendly tree provides cover for small birds, too. It also supplies birds and small animals with shiny red fruits to eat. Grab a few to snack on yourself - they're a source of calcium and Vitamin C and contain antioxidants, like blueberries and other "superfruits"!

 

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Spacing: 15' to 20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

Humans have enjoyed the fruits of this tree for 7,000 years. In the Middle Eastern and European countries where it is native, its "cherries" are still the star of jellies, syrups, and drinks. Americans have not developed a taste for the somewhat pucker-inducing fruits, and in this country, birds are usually allowed to make off with the harvest. (Many songbirds also like to nest in the tree's thickly set branches). The yellow flowers - delightfully early - appear even before forsythia is stirring. And anyone can appreciate that.

The Details

Valued for its display of yellow flower clusters, Cornelian Cherry Dogwood is an eye-catcher in the early spring months. A low branched tree, it's perfect in border plantings, as a screen or even as a specimen. Bright red fruit appears in mid-summer but is quickly consumed by our feathered friends.

How to Grow

Although Cornelian Cherry is a dogwood (not a cherry), it is not as particular in its requirements as many dogwoods are, nor is it as susceptible to the diseases they sometimes get. It prefers a well-drained site in full sun or light shade and can get along on minimal irrigation once established. In its natural state, Cornelian Cherry Dogwood normally takes the form of a "trub," or a shrubby, low-branched tree, but a fine specimen form may be had by clearing away the twiggy growth on the lower branches, giving the plant a neater outline.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 15'
Spacing 15' to 20'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Time Late Winter/Early Spring
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Time Summer
Cary Award Winner Yes
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit Yes
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

6-8' tall low branched multi stemmed form. Full from the bottom up. Heavy grade with strong stem caliper grown in our #15 tree container to make planting easier to manage.

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Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Tree
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Leaf
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Additional Product Shot 112
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Additional Product Shot 113
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Additional Product Shot 719