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Cornelian-Cherry Dogwood

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Also called european cornel

A unique member of the dogwood family. Cornelian-Cherry is one of the earliest small trees to bloom in the spring. Its yellow flowers and arching branches add excellent ornamental interest to your landscape. Grows in partial shade. Flowers last from one to three weeks, followed by edible red elongated fruits. Fruit is similar to a tart cherry and is suitable for jellies, preserves, and making wine. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late summer. Seedling. For proper pollination, plant two or more. (Cornus mas)


Bloom Color Yellow
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Ripens/Harvest August
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 6.5
Taste Tart, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 4
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 15 - 25' tall x 12 - 18' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 20 - 25' apart to ensure room for growth.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow dogwood trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
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Disease resistance and hardiness
LISA M on Mar 12, 2017
In Lee Reich's book "Landscaping with Fruit", he states that Cornelian cherry trees are one of the finest ornamentals.
TRACEY L on Feb 6, 2017
Disease resistance and hardiness
LISA M on Mar 12, 2017
I bought this for the flowers, heat tolerance, shade tolerance, acidic soil tolerance (there are a lot of pine trees in the "pineywoods region" of Texas). Also I can work it into a decorative type landscape and either eat the fruit or leave it for the wildlife.
JESSICA M on Feb 14, 2017
In Lee Reich's book "Landscaping with Fruit", he states that Cornelian cherry trees are one of the finest ornamentals.
TRACEY L on Feb 6, 2017
We just purchased a new house and need some trees in the yard. The edible fruit is appealing and having two we can use them as focal points in the yard.
Raylene W on Jan 7, 2017
Because they are supposed to be good for you.
Delilah Z on Jun 17, 2016
Dogwoods grow very well here in Louisiana and I thought that by having some that gave fruit too would be a great bonus. Also, I received these bare root Dogwood trees 3 day ago and, they are already budding out leaves.
Albert D on May 30, 2016
I chose this tree because of the flowers it bears in the spring and the ease of growing.
Ann P on Apr 15, 2016
Sounds like grows well in Colorado and wanted a small tree to provide some shade for my garden. Sounds very prunable also.
Cathy R on Feb 27, 2016
I want to line my driveway with dogwood trees but cornus Florida doesn't do here because of the brown spot. I'm hoping these will and I like to feed the birds
Patricia G on Feb 27, 2016
I bought this for the flowers, heat tolerance, shade tolerance, acidic soil tolerance (there are a lot of pine trees in the "pineywoods region" of Texas). Also I can work it into a decorative type landscape and either eat the fruit or leave it for the wildlife.
JESSICA M on Feb 14, 2017
We just purchased a new house and need some trees in the yard. The edible fruit is appealing and having two we can use them as focal points in the yard.
Raylene W on Jan 7, 2017
What variety of cornelian cherry is this?
kellilou3 on Mar 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's the original fruiting variety of Cornas mas called "Cornelian-Cherry Dogwood".
Is it a bush or tree?
Linda B on Jun 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Because it branches very low to the ground one might say it is a very large
bush; but I would call it a small tree. One of mine is about 18 feet tall and
is about 25 years old.
Do rabbits like to chew on these? Wondering if I need to put a cage around them.
Steven S on Jan 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have never seen any deer or rabbit damage on our four Cornelian Cherry bushes, even though rabbits and deer visit frequently. They seem to prefer other things we have planted - like my vegetables and the apple tree buds! My bushes are surrounded by raspberry canes which might be helping to keep them away. To be on the safe side, if you have lots of hungry rabbits, it might be a good idea to have a cage around it while it is young and vulnerable.
Are these cornelian cherry dogwoods deer resistant?
Mary L on Apr 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: As far as I can tell, nothing is ever 'deer proof'. When deer are hungry, they eat anything they can find. However, they do tend to go at my apple, pear and cherry tree's long before they have interest in my dogwoods. Deep do not care for Quince leaves much, but even those become feed when food is scarce in dry summers.
Are cornelian cherry resistant to black knot? That is what killed my montmorencies.
Barb G on Mar 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I totally don't know. Sorry. Cornelian cherries are in the dogwood family so I suppose if dogwoods are resistant to black knot then the Cornelian cherries would be too. I do think dogwoods are resistant to black knot but certainly not the prunus family that the cherry tree is in. I have three Cornelians here and they have not done well at all. I am in Tennessee. I think these Cornelian cherries need a somewhat cooler region. I've seen them grown well at the Chicago Botanical Gardens and they were loaded with fruit. So if you want good fruit you might check into these a bit more depending on where you are located. Good luck.
How resistant are these to dogwood anthracnose?
Steven S on Jan 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not very according to a few websites I found. I'd include the web addresses bur just google but but cannot do that here, so just Google anthracnose resistance of cornelian cherries.
Kousa dogwoods and their hybrids with native American flowering dogwoods are quite resistant.

Keep in mind that anything planted in a less than optimal location is going to be stressed and more susceptible to disease. American dogwoods are understory trees which grow well in shaded and partially shades locations, have shallow root systems, and require high humus acidic soil, 2-3" of mulch as wide as the branch spread, and lots of water. Plant it in full sun, in high clay soil, with minimal mulch, and in a dry climate with long, hot summers and it won't do well.
My cornelian cherry is planted in central Indiana with a northwest exposure and is doing OK. so far.

Keep in mind cornelian cherries need a lot of pruning if you want a single trunk tree. They tend to be shrubby otherwise. I'm told for commercial use for the fruit, they are grown in hedgerows for ease of mechanical harvesting.
Is this tree a native?
Daphne S on Jun 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My understanding is that it came from Siberia, Russia. Siberia is very cold in the winter so I planted it here in MN. I got it last year and it is growing, but no blossoms, yet. It may take a few years since the trees were so small when I got them. It is supposed to be high in antioxidants. I planted two for pollination.

Customer Reviews

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Still Waiting for Fruit
We planted our first Cornelian Cherry Dogwood bushes over six years ago. The bushes have grown slowly for us; perhaps they are not completely happy with their location. They are now above six feet and every spring they are covered with yellow, fluffy flowers. The leaves and overall shape of the bushes are attractive and the bushes require very little care. They are one of the earliest blooming plants in our yard every spring, even before the forsythia.

I have found conflicting information about pollination on-line. Some sites say that the plant is self-pollinating, but it needs time to mature before it will create female flowers; some sites say the bushes need a partner to pollinate. We decided that the lack of fruit might be caused by the distance between the bushes, so last year we ordered two more bushes and planted them within ten feet of our existing bushes. The two youngest bushes have not bloomed yet, so we are still waiting for the fruit.
May 11, 2016
over 2 years ago
Cherry dogwood
I received 3 of these. Only1 survived. You take your chances.
May 9, 2016
over 3 years ago
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood, Not in Zone 7
Apparently Cornelian Cherry Dogwoods will not tolerate Zone 7, despite my amending the soil and keeping them watered. They all quickly died!
May 22, 2016
over 2 years ago
CornelianCherry Dogwood
Delivered on time In April. But It came only as a single branch and few not opened buds, No developed roots at all. Practically it had no choice to survive.
I used all possible means to grow it (dug 10 by 10 hole and put new soil, used fertilizers and plant food, water it though summer time), but finally branch succumbed in October. Possible need clear instructions how to grow a root system or must be delivered ready to plant.
May 14, 2016
over 3 years ago
I am a happy customer.
We got this dogwood 2 years ago - it did not survived the winter. Its still was covered under the warranty. Got replacement last year - it wintered and now have pretty green leafs. Recently ordered one more. Thank you. Very good customer service.
May 5, 2016
1 year ago
My trees are doing good They are not very tall yet The deer prune them every year
January 19, 2017
over 2 years ago
recommend this product
Have had very good success with this product. came in great shape with healthy roots. growing well and thriving I bought multiples and both are doing fantastic even through the winter they did well
May 9, 2017
1 year ago
love this tree. a stunner
love this tree. a stunner. highly recommend. birds and kids love it.
May 3, 2017
1 year ago
Pretty, but . . .
Pretty, it bears fruit, it withstands our fairly harsh windy climate. We don't love the fruit, but the real downside is that it broke into cheerful bloom during a winter heat wave, a freeze followed. Zero flowers, zero fruit this year. Maybe not ideal for our Zone 6 world or climate weirdness.
May 2, 2017
1 year ago
growing as an ornamental and a unique fruit
I bought this plant because I had seen it growing all over the neighborhood I lived in for 4 years in New Jersey. There it was one of the first things to bloom, with or even before forsythias, and in the fall they all had red fuzzy fruits, sometimes quite large. Some varieties were more bush like, but a few, usually the ones with the larger fruits were smallish trees, sometimes multistem, sometimes pruned to a single trunk.
I haven't got this in the ground yet. I plan to use it as a replacement for a Bradford pear (an awful non-native that is highly invasive since birds eating the fruits spread it everywhere). The builder put the Bradford pear in and the homeowners association requires that everybody.have at least one tree in the front yard. I have been growing it in a 5 gallon pot sunk into the ground in one of my planting beds. As soon as it is big enough to satisfy the HOA, the Bradford pear will suffer an unfortunate accident (perhaps a marauding chain saw?) and I will replace it with the Cornelian dogwood. It is doing quite well and I hope to have it in the ground next spring. So it has 3 of the essential requirements to make it into my garden, right size for the desired location, attractive flowers, suitable for my climate and soil and as a bonus, edible fruit.
May 29, 2016
over 2 years ago
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