Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas)

(Question)

Hello

For long time I am looking for Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas) tree to plant it on my backyard. I would greatly appreciate any help in this matter.
Please let me know me if you know where I can find it.

Thank you and hope to talk to somebody from your great club soon.

 

(Answer)

Cornelian Cherry is a specimen tree in the Toronto Botanic Garden:

http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/news/cornelian-cherry-cornus-mas/

 

It has edible fruit, and would be a good choice for a bird garden or food hedge, although it is not native to North America. This tree would be a good option where Winter/Spring colour is wanted, in the form of yellow flowers, Fall colour of the leaves is not noted to be of any particular interest. Two similar looking native trees are: Lindera benzoin, spice bush, which has yellow flowers in Spring, and Hammelis virginiana, witch hazel, which has yellow flowers in late Fall/Winter.

Many garden centres will not stock plants they don’t think have common interest/will be hard to sell because people are unfamiliar with them, but that does not mean you can’t request that they order plants in should they be grown by the nurseries that supply them. Making requests is a good way of letting the garden centre know what their customers are interested in. Some plants might also be obtained via mail order.