Cornelian Cherry 'Red Star' (Cornus mas)


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Plant Description: Red Star Cornelian Cherry ™ bears good crops of large, 1-1/4″ long, oval fruit. A later ripening variety, Red Star ™ holds its fruit well into September. The glossy, dark red fruit has an appealing sweet-tart flavor and is very juicy and aromatic.

A unique and attractive form of Dogwood, Cornelian Cherry is native to Ukraine and other regions around the Black Sea. Growing as a shrub or small tree, it is valued for its tasty fruit and for its ornamental value. Our unique Ukrainian varieties produce unusually large, sweet, and flavorful fruit. As an ornamental, Cornelian Cherry is prized for its very early, delicate flowers appearing in early March before the leaves, its yellow and red fall color, and it’s bright, red fruit, which taste like a Cherry or a wild Plum. Cornelian Cherry is good for fresh eating, preserves, juice, and wine. Plant two varieties for cross-pollination and to ensure good crops. Hardy to minus 30ºF.

  • Height: 8-10 ft
  • Watering Needs: moderate
  • Sun Needs: 1/2 day to full sun
  • Soil needs: well-drained soil
  • Bloom Time: February
  • Ripening Time: Late August-Early September
  • Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting

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