[NAFEX] Looking for recommendation for CORNELIAN CHERRY (Cornus mas), and/or scionwood or nursery source.

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Sun Apr 3 12:26:37 EDT 2011


On Apr 1, 2011, at 5:33 PM, Ginda Fisher wrote:

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> On Apr 1, 2011, at 3:09 AM, Steven Covacci wrote:
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>> Group: 
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>> CORNELIAN CHERRY [C. mas] - 
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>> I'm looking for a recommendation for a cultivar (selected for edibility) for cornelian cherry dogwood (Cornus mas); and perhaps scionwood or a nursery that carries the cultivar.
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> I have three C. mas, Jolico, Elegant, and something else whose name tag is currently buried in the snow.  One of these (not Jolico) has fruited.  I thought it was delicious.  It was tasty but extremely sour when red and firm, and sweeter and less sour and more richly flavored when it got soft.
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> It took several years for the trees to fruit, and the one that finally did fruit two years ago decided not to this year.  I think one of the others had female flowers last year, and might even have set a fruit or two, but if it did it dropped them early in the season.  So in my experience, this crop takes a lot of patience.
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> Mine are growing in the shade, though, so perhaps you'd get fruit faster in the sun.
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I got out and checked today, the third one (and the one that's fruited) is Pioneer.  It and Elegant are older than the Jolico by a few years.  The Elegant is the prettiest tree.

Despite bits of snow still on the ground, the Cornus Mas is about to flower, the buds are about half open.


> Ginda
> Eastern MA, zone 6



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