Exotica Cornelian Cherry Tree ™
This new variety, Exotica Cornelian Cherry Tree ™ is a delicious new addition to any food forest.
Cornelian cherries are a unique and attractive form of Dogwood and they are 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 Exotica Cornelian Cherry Tree ™ with another variety for cross-pollination and to ensure good crops.
Hardiness: Cornelian Cherry is hardy to minus 30º F,
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 8-10 ft. in height
Bloom Time: February
Ripening Time: Late August-Early September
Yield: 20-30 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Exotica is resistant to Dogwood Anthracnose. No pest problems have been observed on our Cornelian Cherry plants.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 1-6
Sunset Northeast Zone: 32, 34-41