Cornelian Cherry

Cornus mas


On March 31, 1774 Thomas Jefferson recorded in his garden diary planting four "Ciriege Corniole" or Cornelian Cherry trees along with sixteen other varieties of fruit trees and vegetables.

The Cornelian Cherry is a native to southern Europe and western Asia and has been cultivated since ancient times for the fruit, which is excellent for preserves and syrup. However, by the nineteenth century, the use of this fruit was already in decline, and it wasn't until the twentieth century that gardeners appreciated its ornamental features (a winter flower display and attractive red fruits in late summer).

Growth Type: Deciduous Tree Color(s): Yellow Hardiness Zones: 4 - 7 Location at Monticello: South Orchard Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.008672,-78.453812

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Blooming Dates 2013: Mar 21 – Apr 12