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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
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7
Location at Monticello: 
South Orchard
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2013 Mar 21 to 2013 Apr 122015 Apr 8 to 2015 Apr 272017 Feb 23 to 2017 Mar 20
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