Cornus mas Hedge

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

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Notable for its showy bright yellow flowers in the spring, the Cornelian Cherry Dogwood makes an attractive hedge, screen or border for a diverse range of outdoor spaces. The tree grows easily in average well-drained soil and is relatively simple to maintain throughout the year.

An InstantHedge unit of Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) ready to ship at a 5-6' height.

With adequate pruning, a dense hedge can be achieved with this relative of the dogwood.

Red fruits on Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) make this hedge different from the rest.

Cherry-like fruits dangle from the branches, giving the Cornelian cherry its name.

First thing in spring, clusters of tiny golden-yellow flowers adorn the branches of the Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas).

First thing in spring, clusters of tiny golden-yellow flowers adorn the branches of the Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas).

Quick Guide

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood hedge growing region
  • The tree develops fleshy dark-red cherries in mid-summer. The fruit are edible, but fairly sour fresh off the tree. However, they can be used for making tasty syrups and preserves.

Cornus mas Details

There are a number of immediate benefits to choosing the Cornus mas hedge for your next hedge:

  • Dense tree that can be easily shaped into desired hedge shape
  • Stunning yellow blossoms in the spring
  • Resistant to pests and diseases
  • Produces edible fruit in the summer

Valued for early spring bloom, the Cornelian Cherry Dogwood can be grown as a low-branching, multi-stemmed shrub or small garden tree. More than other similar species, the tree is resistant to many different potential pests and diseases. Native to Europe and into western Asia, the Cornelian Cherry can grow up to 25 feet tall with a 20-foot spread. The mature tree’s trunk has a distinctive scaly and exfoliating bark. Also, see Star magnolia, a low branching flowering hedge. Although there are many garden hedges to be explored, you can check out different types of hedges available in a deciduous and evergreen variety. 

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
Your Hardiness Zone:

Sun/Shade: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Deer Resistance: Yes
Watering Requirements: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate, up to 2’ per year
Mature Size: Up to 12’ height and 4’ width
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones: 1 - 6
Pest/Disease Issues:
No major pest or disease issues. Borers, leaf miner, gall midge and scale are all potential insect pests. Potential disease problems include dogwood anthracnose, leaf spot, crown canker, root rot, powdery mildew and leaf and twig blight.

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