An ornamental species, native to Central and Southern Europe, Cornus mas is easy to grow with clusters of pretty, golden-yellow flowers in early spring followed by colourful fruit later in the year. On an established plant, these flowers appear nearly like a golden mist or halo around the branches. Cool green leaves appear after flowering and last until they fall in autumn.
Supplied Size: 3L pots (approx 2 -3 years old, 30 - 50 cm tall)
Despite the common name this small tree is actually a dogwood and isn't remotely related to cherries. It bears astringent, cherry-like fruits in midsummer which, when fully ripened, are used for making jam or a delicious sauce similar to cranberry sauce. It is also used in Armenia for distilling vodka!
There are several named cultivars grown either for their ornamental merits or fruit production. A dye is produced from the bark and tannins are produced from the leaves. Interestingly, the wood is denser than water and doesn't float.
Extract from an information poster in our arboretum