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Cornus mas

Common Name(s):
Cornelian cherry dogwood
Cultivar(s):
Aurea, Spring Glow, Variegata
Category:
Trees
Comment:

Flaking bark; easy to transplant; tough, adaptable, large shrub to small tree; spreads by suckers.

Seasons of Interest:

   Foliage: Fall    Bloom: Summer, early   Fruit: Summer-Fall, red berries  Bark: Winter

Seed: Drupe

Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement

Wildlife Value: Fruits are attractive to birds and plants provide nesting sites.  Members of the genus Cornus support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Gonandrena) fragilisAndrena (Gonandrena) integraand Andrena (Gonandrena) platyparia.

Insects, Diseases and Other Problems:  No serious insect or disease problems.

Height:
20-25 ft.
Flower:
Yellow flower clusters in early spring; small red fruit in mid summer
Zones:
4-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; range of soil types, including heavy clay
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Multi-stemmed; oval-rounded; dense network of fine stems; usually branched to the ground
Width:
15-20 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Leaf:
2-4 in. opposite, simple, dark green leaves; last into late fall; non-showy to purple red fall color
Tags:
cover, winter interest, playground, small tree, play, nesting, deciduous, bees, fall color, birds, nectar, specialized bees, wildlife, bark, children’s garden

NCCES plant id: 1966

Cornus mas Form
Leonora Enking, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Cornus mas Cornus mas in bloom
Mr. Tin DC, CC BY-ND-2.0
Cornus mas Cornus mas fruit
Andreas Rockstein, CC-BY-SA-2.0