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Cornus mas

A tremendously useful group of small trees which produce copious numbers of bright yellow flowers in February, which are of course particularly visible on the bare stems. These develop into bright red fruit in the autumn. Easy to grow, they are tolerant of most soils and sites.


CORNUS mas 'Aurea' 
A truly golden plant, since golden yellow leaves follow a superb display of golden yellow flowers in February. Remarkably tolerant of sunny sites, provided adequate summer moisture is retained.

CORNUS mas 'Aureoelegantissima' (= 'Elegantissima' )
This is a lovely form with brightly coloured leaves variegated pink, yellow and green. It also seems to be found under a multitude of names, but this I believe to be the current official one!

NEW CORNUS mas 'Flava'
Distinguished from its peers by rich golden fruit (instead of the usual red).

CORNUS mas 'Golden Glory' 
Deep green leaves and very prolific flowering much younger than possible from a seedling. Large red fruits. It has recently, very deservedly, been promoted to AGM status. It is indeed a great plant, being reliable and easy to grow. 3m

CORNUS mas 'Jolico'
Amazingly, this German form was selected for commercial fruit production. Edible yes, but  hardly worthy of orchard status although they make a fantastic source of food for the wildlife. A fantastic ornamental though since masses of large vivid red berries from mid summer follow the lovely yellow flowers of February. 

NEW CORNUS mas 'Pioneer'

NEW CORNUS mas 'Redstone'
An American selection for heavy fruit production.

NEW CORNUS mas 'Spring Glow'
The late J. C. Raulston introduced this one. As a species, Cornus mas flowers best after a cold winter, but this one requires less cold, so is great in warmer climes.

CORNUS mas 'Variegata'  
My favourite of the group, with broad white margins to the leaves. They contrast  superbly with the large bright red berries. An excellent plant for year round interest. Eventually it will make a small tree, but it is better grown as a shrub.

NEW CORNUS mas x C.officinalis

CORNUS 'Norman Hadden' 
(C. kousa x C. capitata) This beautiful small tree originated in Porlock, Somerset. Our plants are derived from the original plant now at Knightshayes Court, Devon. Creamy white flower bracts in June turning deep pink with age. Large strawberry like fruits in autumn. Happiest in a sheltered sunny site. Semi-evergreen, dependent on the winter.

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