[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.
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.
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