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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. From these develop bright red fruit in the autumn. Easy to grow, they are tolerant of most soils and sites. Cornus mas is bred and cultivated extensively for culinary purposes in eastern Europe.  

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! Although we have a plant of this one in the collection here, we rarely propagate it.

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 very deservedly, been promoted to AGM status. It is indeed a great plant, being reliable and easy to grow. 3m

CORNUS mas 'Jolico'
This German form was selected for commercial fruit production. Regretfully my knowledge of the culinary applications of Cornus mas is inadequate, not permitting me to make full use of them. Nevertheless, it is also a fantastic ornamental, since masses of large vivid red berries from mid summer follow the lovely yellow flowers of February. 

CORNUS mas 'Pioneer'
I particularly like this cultivar which is distinguished by its bright red pear-shaped fruit.
See it in our Winter Garden.

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

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.

CORNUS mas x C.officinalis
An interesting and attractive hybrid between these extremely closely related species which were kindly sent to us by Mark Weathington of the JCRA.

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.

CORNUS officinalis 'Spring Glow'
Previously attributed to Cornus mas, this splendid cultivar is actually a selection of C. officinalis. The most useful visual difference is that C. officinalis with maturity develops attractive exfoliating bark. The late J. C. Raulston introduced this one. As a species, this group flowers best after a cold winter, but this one requires less cold, so is great in warmer climes.
See it in our Winter Garden.

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