Cornus mas, wonderful late winter flowers

Cornus mas

Cornus mas

On a recent trip into London I couldn’t help but stop and admire this beautiful Cornus mas growing gracefully over a front garden wall. A lovely multi-stem specimen glowing with masses of tiny golden yellow flowers. Particularly striking against the clear blue, late winter sky.

Cornus mas flowers

Cornus mas flowers

From February flowers are produced on bare stems before the foliage appears, ripening to become bright red cherry-like fruits. These give the tree it’s common name, Cornelian Cherry and can be used to make a delicious jam.

Cornus mas fruit

Cornus mas fruit

There’s a final flourish in Autumn when the leaves take on wonderful reddish-purple colours. Having a long season of interest makes this is a great specimen tree for small spaces.

An undemanding deciduous shrub or small tree it will reach around 5m x 5m in full sun or part shade and a well drained or moist to well drained soil.