Native Region: Europe, Western Asia
Zone Range: 05-09
Preferred Climate: Cold to hot temperate
Harvest Date: Sunday 07 September, 2014
Seed count: 8-10
This species of Dogwood deserves better recognition in general horticulture. It is a small to medium sized deciduous tree, growing up to 5-7 meters (15-20ft) in height, with a similar spread. In late winter delicate clusters of beautifully scented yellow flowers emerge before the leaves. Bloom time can last well over a month. The bright to dark red fruit, known as Cornelian Cherries or Cornels, develop and ripen near the end of summer. The fruit is edible and suitable for a number a dishes, both sweet and savoury. In the autumn the leaves turn rich shades of scarlet tinged with purple.
For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant. Sow large seeds in containers in late winter to early spring. Cover with a thin layer of scree (fine pebbles - to prevent rain from splashing out soil). Grow in average to moderately fertile garden soil.