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Cornus mas, the Cornelian Cherry Tree, is a type of dogwood. It can be grown as a hedge, a large specimen shrub or a small tree. Unlike the other dogwoods in our range, it doesn't have colourful bark.
Cornus mas is good for hedges down to about 1.5 metres high and it can reach up to 5-8 metres if it grows freely as a tree.
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Cornus mas hedge plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
Spacing a Cornus mas hedge:
Plant Cornus mas hedging at 3 plants per metre, 33cms apart.
General description of Cornus mas plants:
The small tree is ideal in a hedge and also makes a good specimen. It flowers early in the year, usually starting in February, with loads of small yellow flowers appearing on the bare branches. It looks fantastic when the morning or afternoon sun shines through it. The flowers ripen into bright red, edible cherry-like fruits, which give this tree its common name (Cornel is another word for dogwood). The leaves turn a lovely reddish-purple in the autumn to finish off the show.
Just to be clear, this dogwood does not have brightly coloured bark and should not be hard pruned down to ground level every spring. It is fine to hard prune it if it gets overgrown.
History & uses of Cornelian Cherry Trees:
This European tree has been grown in Britain for several hundred years and is naturalised in some areas.