Fun Facts About Cornelian Cherry

The Cornelian Cherry is a type of dogwood tree that throughout history has taken on such a strong character that it could equate to a deity in Eastern European stories and myths. From the times when ancient people were discovering healing potentials of certain foods, this magic tree has been used from roots to fruits. Cornelian cherry was adored in ancient Greece and Rome. Both by people and medical practitioners, including Hippocrates.

The Greek name for the tree of this flower was a poetic synonym for “spear" because the wood from the tree is immensely strong and tough. This wood has been used for centuries to make many robust objects although you wouldn't want to make a boat out of it because it is so dense that it sinks in water!

A well-known saying among people of Eastern Europe is that a person needs to be as healthy as the Cornelian Cherry tree. The plant is extremely resistant and can live for over 200 years.


Planting Requirements For Cornelian Cherry

Light: This dogwood tree does best in full sun.

Soil: They do well in a variety of soils, they prefer fertile, well-draining soil with a pH of 5.5-7.5.

Spacing: Cornelian cherries need to be cross pollinated with another variety so be sure to plant within 50 feet of each other. Space plants 10 feet apart, closer if you are growing them as a hedge.

Planting Time: Cornelian cherry dogwood is a fairly slow-growing species that will take up to 10 years to achieve 15 feet in height. It is normally planted in the spring.

Zones: Will need to climate of USDA zones 5 to 8a

Time of Bloom: Cornelian Cherry dogwood is relatively unique with its late winter/early spring flowers and summer foliage and fruit. It may be a good way to start your bees' year.