Coral Blaze ™ Cornelian Cherry
A new introduction from the Ukrainian breeding program that has produced many valuable varieties, Coral Blaze ™ is very disease resistant and bears good crops of large, sweet, flavorful fruit. The striking, bright red fruit is good for fresh eating and makes delicious preserves and ice cream.
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.
Latin Name: Cornus mas
Site and Soil: Cornelian Cherry likes 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Plant with another variety for cross-pollination and to ensure good crops.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 30ºF,
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 8-10 ft. in height
Taste: Sweet, flavorful
Fruit Skin: Bright red
Bloom Time: February
Ripening Time: Late August-Early September
Yield: 20-30 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Coral Blaze ™ is resistant to Dogwood Anthracnose. No pest problems have been observed on our Cornelian Cherry plants.
USDA Zone: 4-8