[nafex] Re: Cornelian Cherry

lostman_amiga lostman_amiga at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 27 12:52:55 EST 2001


Hello Pete,

I have both eleagnus and a Cornelian cherry.  Nither has fruit yet.
What you have described sounds like an eleagnus to me. The Cornelian 
Cherry look just like you average dogwood with very small yellow flowers
very early in spring; actually it look like a dogwood because it IS 
a kind of dogwood.

Now the kind of elaeagnus you seem to have may be tougher to figure out.
there a few kinds of edible elaeagnuses. Autumn olive, Russian olive, and 
Goumi (there may be more too). You may need to ask an expert like Hector Black
(who is on this list).  Just by the discription of the parent, it sounds like a
Goumi (maybe). 



--- In nafex at y..., "kc5gxc" <pete at c...> wrote:
> Hello Group
> I have what I think is a Cornelian Cherry or it may be an ealiagnus? 
> of some sort. I  was told it was a "cherry tree" and have seen and 
> eaten some fruit. The fruit was oblong , about 3/4" long , red with 
> flecks on it. Very tart. The mother tree is a large shrub about 10' 
> tall. I was given what appears to be a seedling plant from under the 
> mother. The mother has dull green leaves, kinda silvery underneath. 
> Can anyone point me to a site with some info on cornelian cherries so 
> I can determine what I have or give me a description of a cornelian 
> cherry or tell me what the heck this is?
> I am in zone 8b, about 50 miles north of New Orleans on the acidic 
> soils of St. Tammany Parish, La.
> Thanks, Pete Benfield/NAFEX member


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