Cornelian Cherry Hedge Plants

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General Info Edible Fruit / Nuts, Shrub, Wildlife Value
Shade Partial Shade
Area Exposed Windy Areas
Soil Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Wet
Colour Yellow/Gold
Ornamental Autumn Colour
Flowering Jan, Feb, Mar
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SIZES 1-10 11-5051-250251-10001001+
60/80 cm Bareroot Out of Stock £3.96Out of Stock£3.17Out of Stock£2.77Out of Stock£2.58Out of Stock£2.38
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Cornus mas: Bareroot Cornelian Cherry Hedging

Cornus mas, the Cornelian Cherry, or edible dogwood, is a small tree or large shrub and is ideal as either a specimen or as part of a mixed hedge. It flowers early in the year (which is great for bees), usually starting in February, sometimes January, with loads of small, yellow, witch hazel-like flowers appearing on the bare branches. It looks fantastic when the morning or afternoon sun is behind it and shines through the branches. The flowers ripen into bright red, acidic, edible cherry-like fruits, which give this tree its common name of Cornelian Cherry (Cornel is another word for dogwood). The leaves turn a lovely reddish-purple in the autumn to finish off the show: it doesn't have brightly coloured new bark, but mature plants have moderately interesting, flaky brown bark. All of which make it one of those "three tricks in one" garden plants that help create year round interest.

It can reach 5 metres if it is pruned into a tree, but about 3 metres is typical for a shrub in the wild.

Browse all of our other varieties of Dogwood, our selection of shrub hedging or our full range of hedging plants.

Delivery season: Cornelian Cherries are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.


  • Height: To 3-5m
  • Soil: Any. Thrives on chalk and damp soil.
  • Use: Hedging, Specimen, Waterside
  • Colour: Yellow flowers in Jan/Feb - March
  • Edible red fruit in June-August
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Edible Dogwood

Dogwoods are tough shrubs that thrive in damp soils near water, but once established are also fine in dry, poor soil. They won't flower much in more than partial shade, so if you are planting them as a specimen, the more sun the better.

Just to be clear, this dogwood should not be hard pruned down to ground level every spring as you would with an ornamental dogwood like midwinter fire, although it is fine to hard prune it if it gets overgrown.

Did You Know?

Formerly classified as Cornus mascula, we say that it has a technical RHS Award of Garden Merit because four of its cultivars do.
Little is known of its origins in Britain, except that is has been naturalised here for several hundred years and is native to Southern Europe and Turkey.

The fruit tastes like a sharp plum when fully ripe, but even slightly under ripe ones are too sour to enjoy fresh, and they do not all ripen at the same time, so it is often made into jams (you will need to add pectin). In the past, it was commonly preserved in brine like an olive. There is caffeine in the seeds, which can be roasted and ground into a powder.

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*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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