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Cornelian-cherry Cornus mas (Cornaceae) HEIGHT to 8m <br />
Small, spreading deciduous tree with an untidy crown. BARK Reddish brown. BRANCHES Mostly level, ending in numerous greenish-yellow, slightly downy twigs. LEAVES Opposite, short-stalked, ovate and pointed, to 10cm long and 4cm wide with rounded bases; dull green above and slightly downy with entire margins. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Flowers in small stalked heads, about 2cm across, consist of up to 25 small yellow flowers, each about 4mm across. Flowers open early in year, well before leaves. Fruit is a short-stalked, pendulous, bright-red, fleshy berry, to 2cm long, with pitted apex and acid taste. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of scrub and open woodlands in central and SE Europe, grown here for its winter flowers and edible fruits. Naturalised occasionally.
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Cornelian-cherry Cornus mas (Cornaceae) HEIGHT to 8m
Small, spreading deciduous tree with an untidy crown. BARK Reddish brown. BRANCHES Mostly level, ending in numerous greenish-yellow, slightly downy twigs. LEAVES Opposite, short-stalked, ovate and pointed, to 10cm long and 4cm wide with rounded bases; dull green above and slightly downy with entire margins. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Flowers in small stalked heads, about 2cm across, consist of up to 25 small yellow flowers, each about 4mm across. Flowers open early in year, well before leaves. Fruit is a short-stalked, pendulous, bright-red, fleshy berry, to 2cm long, with pitted apex and acid taste. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of scrub and open woodlands in central and SE Europe, grown here for its winter flowers and edible fruits. Naturalised occasionally.

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Date: 3 Jul 2013
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Credit: PAUL STERRY/NPL
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