[NAFEX] Cornus Kousa revisit

John S swim_at_svc at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 27 00:02:26 EST 2007

  My mas and kousa bloom far apart, so you would be talking about storing pollen if you wanted to try crossing them.  Don't know if it's ever been tried.

Diane Whitehead <voltaire at islandnet.com> wrote:
  The evergreen one is probably Cornus capitata. I haven't tried eating 
its fruit. Cornucopia says is sweetish mingled with a slight bitter 
taste and is eaten or made into preserves in India.

I was surprised to see the differences in about a dozen Cornus kousa 
at our nearest rec centre. The flowers were all different sizes and 
shapes, and the fruits vary too. The flowers and fruits were all 
smaller than those on my 40 year old tree. I think there might have 
been a big gap when the trees were not readily available locally, and 
it seems that seedlings are being sold now. I haven't sampled any of 
the rec centre's fruit - maybe I should.

Cornucopia doesn't mention the taste of Big Apple's fruit, but says 
Milky Way has "somewhat the flavor of papaya". So there is something 
to aim for.

I wonder about crosses with mas? Has anybody tried?

Diane Whitehead
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8, cool Mediterranean climate
mild rainy winters, mild dry summers

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