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PlantFiles: Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Cornus mas

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: mas (mas) (Info)

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

28 members have or want this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Dec 24, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The flowers burst out on leafless branches a few days before the forsythias. They're a greenish yellow, quite attractive, though they may not be showy enough for those who prefer forsythias.

The scarlet summer fruits are ornamental, and taste a a bit like a sour cherry. I find them tasty fresh (I also like fresh sour cherries), but I can see them used like sour cherries in cooking/baking. This species is widely grown for fruit use in eastern Europe. There are cultivars expressly selected for fruit size and quality, and if you're getting one with fruit harvest in mind I'd go for a cultivar.

Unlike most fruit trees, this one takes care of itself. It's tough, hardy, adaptable, and virtually pest free. The leaves are green and not burgundy/black.

No fall color, leaves fall off while still green.

Positive Rickwebb On Jan 29, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is a pretty plant from Europe that is sold at most larger nurseries in the upper Midwest as in Chicagoland. Not often planted by layman homeowners, but occasionally used by landscape designers who know it. It is a dense, dark, rounded small tree that bears small yellow flower clusters for about a month in March into early April. It has a sort of exfoliating bark that looks nice. It bears large red fruit that are edible and used for jams and jellies. No fall color, though. Most European woody plants don't color as well as American and Asian ones.

Neutral Malus2006 On Oct 19, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

The plant that I had was given by another person - it have survived its first winter and crowding by taller plants and respond by increase it size - no winter damages are noticed except for the extreme top shoot.

Positive Hristo On Feb 19, 2004, Hristo from (Zone 6b) wrote:

Excellent fruit-tree. Fruit with very good taste. In Bulgaria is usual fruit-tree, but on small scales (still).

Positive lupinelover On Jan 3, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Can be grown as shrub or pruned as a tree. Very beautiful foliage when it first emerges. Many cultivars available with varying leaf and blossom coloration. Very carefree, trouble-free plant, yielding edible fruit that is attractive to birds and animals, as well as people.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (3 reports)
Jáltipan De Morelos,
Hinsdale, Illinois
Streamwood, Illinois
Logansport, Indiana
Muncie, Indiana
Muscatine, Iowa
Falmouth, Maine
Riverdale, Maryland
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Louis, Missouri
Croton On Hudson, New York
Columbus, Ohio
Salem, Oregon
Aspers, Pennsylvania
Beavertown, Pennsylvania
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Middleburg, Pennsylvania
Lugoff, South Carolina
Orem, Utah
Hood, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Marysville, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Port Angeles, Washington
Belleville, Wisconsin

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