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Cornus mas | Corneliancherry Dogwood

CHARACTER
The exfoliating cinnamon bark is beautiful and terrific in winter. An underused understory tree wonderful for natualizing a woodland garden. Tough enough to thrive in urban settings. Good for shade. One of the earliest bloomers of the season (March) with the flowers gathered in clusters. The fresh, yellow star-like flowers are tiny. Like many dogwoods has bright happy fall color.
CARE
Care-free. Prune up to begin with and for rejuvination of older specimens. Otherwise is does well with little attention.
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NOTES
Deer are not interested. No Anthracnose or other disease or pests. “mas” translates as male refferring to the natural vigor of this tree. Yellow blooms are similar to Forsythia, but the tree is more dependable. Use as alternative if you have the space. Can be used for deciduous windbreak.

RELATED VARIETIES | CULTIVARS | EXTRA INFO
‘Golden Glory’ widely available, heavy bloomer
‘Aurea’ yellow folliage form, very hardy, leaves go green in summer heat, though. Still I’m going to look for and use it.


ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 3 – 8 | part sun to most shade
GROWTH RATE ….. medium to slow
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 15′-25′/ same width
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. Upright, multistemmed, rounded, gets sparse with age (time to prune)
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 2″to 4″/ 1″to 2″ typical dogwood shape
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, opposite
LEAF COLOR ….. Deciduous | deep green, red-plum fall color
FEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
FLOWERS | yellow, tiny, clustered
BARK | one of it’s best features, and it has many. The bark looks a lot like Platanus, but with warm hues.
BERRIES | red berries in fall, attractive and edible by birds

NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL needs moist, acid, peaty soil – add leaf mold, can take clay
Native to Southern and Central Europe, Southwestern Asia

Ohio State / Cornus mas

MO Botanical Garden / Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’

UCONN / Cornus mas


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