Elegant™ Cornelian Cherry Tree
This popular and attractive variety, the Elegant™ Cornelian Cherry Tree bears heavy crops of striking, dark red, pear-shaped fruit. Sweet and delicious, the fruit of this tree ripens in late August and is particularly nice for fresh eating.
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 cv. Elegantii
Site and Soil: Cornelian Cherry likes 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: Cornus mas seedlings
Pollination Requirements: Plant two different varieties for cross-pollination and to ensure good crops.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 30ºF
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 8-12 ft.
Fruit Skin: Dark red
Fruit Shape: Pear-shaped
Bloom Time: February
Ripening Time: Late August-Early September
Yield: 30-40 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: No pest problems have been observed on our Cornelian Cherry plants. Dogwood Anthracnose can cause black spots to appear on the leaves of some varieties during wet springs. Once the rainy weather stops, the new leaves are not affected. A copper spray in the spring and early summer should help control it. Removal of old leaves in the fall is also helpful.
USDA Zone: 4-8