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C O M M O N  N A M E: Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
F A M I L Y:  Cornaceae
H A B I T:  Deciduous Tree
O R I G I N:  Central, Southern Europe; Western Asia
Z O N E :  4 to 8    
H E I G H T:  15 to 25 feet on average  
S U N :  Full sun or partial shade
S O I L :  Rich, moist and well-drained

T A G S : shade tree, exfoliating bark, red fruit, multi-season interest, edible fruit, disease and pest resistant,wildlife attractor

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Yellow fuzzy clusters of blooms in early spring months precede glossy and deep green foliage. Leaves have noticeable veins, 2 1/2 to 5 inches in width, opposite, simple and oval.

Its reddish fruit is a favorite among birds; they and other wildlife consume it as quickly as they appear in clusters in the mid-summer to late summer months.


A low-maintenance and cold hardy species, it can be trained as a shrub or small tree. Organic soils are preferred for its optimum growth and visual display.  

L A N D S C A P E   V A L U E

Used for year-round interest especially in spring when the yellow blooms appear and in fall, as the foliage turns vivid amber to red shades. It is frequently used as a border or hedging and can thrive in urban conditions with the correct soil conditions.