Cornus mas is a deciduous shrub or small tree, growing to approximately 6m height.
The plants first display is in early spring when it produces masses of small yellow flowers before the leaves shoot. In summer the foliage is green and ovate until autumn brings displays of yellow, oranges and red
. Also in Autumn are the cherry sized edible fruits, ripening to red then almost black. The fruit is slightly acidic so is often used for jams, sauces or as a dried snack.
The bark of Cornus mas is also interesting, with older trees developing scaly plates of orange and brown. The wood is extremely dense and so historically has been used for tools, spears, bows etc.
Name: Cornus mas
Common Name: Cornelian Cherry
Height: 3-6m high
Demands: Suitable for most locations. Doesn’t tolerate soil compaction.
Foliage: Elliptical green leaves with good autumn colour
Flower: Clusters of small yellow flowers very early in the year
Bark: Attractive, scaly on mature plants
Fruit: Red-black cherry sized fruits in autumn
FACT: The wood of Cornus mas is extremely dense, this means that unlike most wood it sinks in water.
An abundance of yellow flowers cover bare stems in Spring
Cornus mas multistem and umbrella plants
Orange and cream flaking bark
5-6m specimen Cornelian Cherry
30-35cm girth standard in container
The edible autumn fruit of Cornus mas
5-6m umbrella pruned Cornelian Cherry, field grown