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Cornus mas

Cornus mas
cornelian cherry
Cornus mas

Common name cornelian cherry
Family cornaceae
Life cycle tree (Z4-8)
Flowers yellow (late March or early April)
Size 20-25'
Light sun-part shade

The clusters of yellow flowers appear in very early spring, before the leaves arrive, and contrast nicely with the burgundy-tinged patterned bark. Later in the season, it has a simple, understated presence. Not until this year, one mid-September afternoon, did I notice the red fruits - which make it clear why the common name is cornelian cherry. They are tucked away between the leaves, not in immediate view, so I may have missed prior years' fruits.

cornelian cherry
Colorful contrast between the bracts and the just-opening yellow flowers

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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