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Cornus mas /Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

Cornus mas   / Cornus mas
Foliage of this popular dogwood in the Upper South
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Foliage of this popular dogwood in the Upper South

Mature tree in summer growth

Close-up of a branch

Cluster of flowers in spring

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Scientific Name: Cornus mas
Common Name: Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Commonly multi-stemmed, has flaky bark and is easily transplanted. Not as subject to diseases as other dogwoods. Best reserved for landscape plantings where winters are quite cold. Cannot tolerate the hot, humid South. Often seen as being more shrublike than treelike, especially for several years after planting.