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Notable for its showy bright yellow flowers in the spring, the Cornelian Cherry makes an attractive hedge, screen or border for a diverse range of outdoor spaces. The tree grows easily in average well-drained soil and is relatively simple to maintain throughout the year.

There are a number of immediate benefits to choosing the Cornelian Cherry for your next hedge:

  • Dense tree that can be easily shaped into desired hedge shape
  • Stunning yellow blossoms in the spring
  • Resistant to pests and diseases
  • Produces edible fruit in the summer

Valued for early spring bloom, the Cornelian Cherry can be grown as a low-branching, multi-stemmed shrub or small garden tree. More than other similar species, the tree is resistant to many different potential pests and diseases. Native to Europe and into western Asia, the Cornelian Cherry can grow up to 25 feet tall with a 20 foot spread. The mature tree’s trunk has a distinctive scaly and exfoliating bark.

The tree develops fleshy dark-red cherries in mid-summer. The fruit are edible, but fairly sour fresh off the tree. However, they can be used for making tasty syrups and preserves.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
Your Hardiness Zone:
Sun/Shade: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Deer Resistance: Yes
Watering Requirements: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate, up to 2’ per year
Mature Size: Up to 12’ height and 4’ width
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones: 1 - 6
Pest/Disease Issues: No major pest or disease issues. Borers, leaf miner, gall midge and scale are all potential insect pests. Potential disease problems include dogwood anthracnose, leaf spot, crown canker, root rot, powdery mildew and leaf and twig blight.