Cornelian Cherry - CANADA RED
The fruit of this large shrub is the only tasty edible of all native Canadian dogwoods. Commonly called the Cornelian Cherry, it's Latin name "cornus mass" reveals its dogwood background. Most dogwoods now being sold by Canadian nurseries are only ornamental selections - chosen for leaf colour, etc . Our Cornelian cherry dogwood selections are both ornamental and edible....exploding with masses of bright yellow flowers very early in spring followed by tasty red cherries in the fall. The bark on older trees is beautifully coloured and the bright red fruit is revered for its fine flavoured jams, preserves and pies. It can also be eaten fresh for those who like tart fruit. The large flower buds are even showy on the bare winter branches and at first sign of warm weather (usually March before tulips bloom) they explode into bloom....quite a site with winter weather still around! Outstanding ornamental, but also great edible food plant for northern climate backyards, organic permaculture projects and corn field conversion to agroforestry. Cornelian cherry will produce much more fruit with a second variety for cross-pollination. Our Cornelian cherry varieties have acclimatized to our -40 C winters( Zone 3) and still produced cherries after the last two "polar vortex" winters! Cornelian cherry is not bothered by birds ......probably because of it's oblong shaped cherry( not round like other cherries) confusing the pesky birds. Cornelian cherries ripen here in October ...much later than all other cherries so great to extend cherry season. Small tree or shrub about 8 ft high and 8 ft wide. Makes no sense why this plant has been ignored by permaculture advocates and organic fruit growers. Furthermore, all cherries are extremely high priced in today's marketplace so maybe these Cornelian cherries can make money for the grower.
Our best selections are Canada Red and Red Beauty ....$65 ea