[NAFEX] Cornus Mas

loneroc loneroc at mwt.net
Mon Apr 18 07:48:30 EDT 2005


Does anyone grow Cornus mas in zone 3-4?  I have a small plant of Cornus mas 'Aurea' which has done well for me so far--it's about 3ft tall- and not experienced any winter damage.  The University of Wisconsin Arboretum has some large specimens which originated from Yugoslav seed that have probably experienced almost -40F.

A local nursery, Jung's, has bare root plans of C. mas 'Red Star' and 'Pioneer' available for sale. I'm sure that Jung's got the plants from One Green World, but I can't find any independent information on their likely hardiness.  They're supposed to be from the Ukraine, which can get cold in some areas, but the Crimea, which is about a zone 20, is part of the Ukraine.  Any advice on the likely hardiness of either of the above two C. mas cultivars?

Thanks,  Steve Herje, Lone Rock, WI
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: lee reich 
  To: North American Fruit Explorers 
  Sent: Monday, April 18, 2005 3:18 AM
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Cornus Mas


  Herre's the source list for Cornus mas from my book Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden. I woulld not worry about buying a plant from the south. A nursery shipping now should have had the plant in cold storage if it was bare root; if in a pot, it doesn't matter as long as you wait to plant it, if necessary. Does C. mas get the sudden oak death?

  Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas)
  (Ornamental varieties are available from many nurseries.)
  Edible Landscaping Nursery, Route 2, Box 77, Afton, VA 22920, 800-524-4156; www.eat-it.com
  Forestfarm, 990 Tetherow, Williams, OR 97544-9599, 541-846-7269; www.forestfarm.com
  Hidden Springs Nursery, 170 Hidden Springs Lane, Cookeville, TN 38501, 931-268-2592
  John Gordon, Jr., 1385 Campbell Boulevard, North Amherst, NY 14120, 716-691-9371; www.geocities.com/nuttreegordon
  One Green World, 28696 South Cramer Road, Molalla, OR 97038, 877-353-4028; www.onegreenworld.com
  Raintree Nursery, 391 Butts Road, Morton, WA 98356, 360-496-6400; www.RaintreeNursery.com
  Sherwood’s Greenhouses, P, O. Box 6, Sibley, LA 71073, 318-377-3653
  Whitman Farms Nursery, 1420 Beaumont NW, Salem, OR 97304, 503-585-8728; www.whitmanfarms.com


  Lee Reich, PhD
  www.leereich.com


  On Apr 16, 2005, at 9:28 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.

    Thanks,
    Ginda Fisher

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