Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

Arbor Walk #122

A beautiful non-native from Europe and Asia, this tree shows off its gorgeous star-shaped, yellow flowers in early spring before its leaves emerge. This tree gets its common name from its brght red fruits that somewhat resemble cherries. The color resembles the semi-precious gemstone carnelian, which is sometimes spelled cornelian.

The fruit is also edible! It can be eaten fresh or dried, and it is used in many European drinks, syrups, preserves, jams, and sauces. This fruit, however, is very bitter before it is fully ripe.

Common Name(s)Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Latin NameCornus mas
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