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Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

Cornus mas

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Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas) at Plants Unlimited

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood in bloom

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood in bloom

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Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas) at Plants Unlimited

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood fruit

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood fruit

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Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas) at Plants Unlimited

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood flowers

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood flowers

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a


A versatile small tree for many landscape applications; features bright yellow flowers in very early spring before the leaves and bright red berries in summer, neat habit of growth, but some suckering

Ornamental Features

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood has clusters of yellow flowers along the branches from late winter to early spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. It produces red berries from early to mid summer. The peeling brown bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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