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

John S swim_at_svc at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 1 03:31:16 EDT 2011

Steven,  The best I've tried is Elegant. Consistently better tasting fruit.  Yellow is also good but smaller fruit.  Pioneer probably has the best tasting ones, but has a consistency issue and needs to be dead ripe before it gets good.  Elegant seems to be more delicate than the others mentioned and I have lost several trees of it.  Pioneer has never produced a lot of fruit for me, just a few.

Go with at least two varieties for pollination and max production.  

--- On Fri, 4/1/11, Steven Covacci <filtertitle at aol.com> wrote:

From: Steven Covacci <filtertitle at aol.com>
Subject: [NAFEX] Looking for recommendation for CORNELIAN CHERRY (Cornus mas), and/or scionwood or nursery source.
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Date: Friday, April 1, 2011, 3:09 AM



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.

Some of said 'Flava' (yellow fruit) is good; I read of a supposedly outstanding 'Kazlan', but not available in the US to my knowledge; I heard 'Black Plum' tastes like a plum as per the name lol; I'm thinking about going with 'Red Star'.

The cornelian cherries I've tasted in parks have tasted like a cranberry - not impressed at all; yet, a friend describes them to me as delicious, so I'm looking for a great-flavored cultivar.

If you have scionwood, that would be greatly appreciated, but I'd rather get one on it's roots already started from a nursery since I'm in a rush to get fruit.


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