[NAFEX] Cornus Mas

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Sat Apr 16 21:54:01 EDT 2005

Cornus mas goes through a "male" phase when it will bloom but not set 
fruit.  Eventually, it will set, though some trees, especially 
seedlings, can take 10 to 12 years before they fruit.
Hidden Springs Nursery, in Cookeville, TN, founded by our own Hector 
Black (see listings for interest groups in the back of POMONA) has some 
named selections.  I have several good large fruited ones I've been 
testing, but would have to find someone else to do the propagating as 
they aren't that easy to graft, and I haven't time.  Oddly enough, I 
just found some dried Cornus mas fruit from the Middle East in a local 
grocery store.  More than likely, the seed in it is viable if someone 
wants to try some.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at 
http://www.bunchgrapes.com  Winner of the Garden Writers Association 
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
On Apr 16, 2005, at 6:28 PM, list at ginda.us wrote:

I have two cornus mas, but I think they are too far apart to pollinate. 
  I've decided that rather than move the smaller one, I will buy a new 
one this fall.  (My soil is rocky, and if the roots have established 
much, it will be very hard to move the tree.)  I will put it near the 
one that is doing better.  There's more sun on that side.

Any advice on good cultivars, and/or good people to buy from?  I prefer 
to buy from east of the rockies, partly because the shipping is less 
stressful for the plants, and partly because I'm afraid of sudden oak 
death.  (Although I suppose we will all be seeing that all too soon.)  
Also, it's always easier to buy from the same climate or north, rather 
than from the south.  A southern plant may have broken dormancy in the 
spring before I can get it in the ground, and may not have hardened off 
in the fall.

I am in eastern Massachusetts, zone 6.

Ginda Fisher

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