Cornus mas Hedge

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

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

An InstantHedge unit of Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) ready to ship at a 5-6' height.


With adequate pruning, a dense hedge can be achieved with this relative of the dogwood.


Red fruits on Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) make this hedge different from the rest.


Cherry-like fruits dangle from the branches, giving the Cornelian cherry its name.


First thing in spring, clusters of tiny golden-yellow flowers adorn the branches of the Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas).


First thing in spring, clusters of tiny golden-yellow flowers adorn the branches of the Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas).

Quick Guide

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
  • Cornus mas (Cornelian cherry) develops fleshy dark-red fruits 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. Birds love the fruit as well!
  • Lush, green foliage in summer that turns yellow in fall and drops during winter
  • Bright gold flowers cover the branches in late winter, making a glowing effect in the landscape.

Cornus mas Details

There are a number of immediate benefits to choosing a Cornus mas 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

Cornelian cherry can be grown as a low-branching, multi-stemmed shrub or small garden tree. Cornus mas 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. It can easily be maintained as a hedge anywhere from 4-12′ tall. The mature tree’s trunk has a distinctive scaly and exfoliating bark.

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.

Landscape Gallery

Features of Cornelian Cherry-

Cornus mas is tolerant of a wide range of soil types and PH. It grows well in full sun to partial shade. You can easily maintain a Cornelian cherry hedge anywhere from 4-12′ tall and 2-4′ wide.

Growth Habit-

Cornelian Cherry is a slow-growing deciduous hedge that can reach up to 12’ height and 12’ width without pruning. It has a very dense habit and naturally develops into a rounded oval shape.


Tight bunches of bright yellow flowers cover the branches in late winter. The hedge also bears bright red cherry-like fruit in summer. The fruits are eaten by birds and are also delicious when prepared as jams and jellies.

Landscape Use-

Cornelian cherry works well in small groupings, hedges and landscape borders. The hedge offers multi-seasonal interest in gardens.

Care & Maintenance-

Since Cornus mas is a slow-growing hedge, it requires less pruning than some hedges. To avoid crossing, damaged, or badly formed branches, it is important to prune the hedges once in a year. The best time to prune Cornelian cherry hedges is in early spring. As the tree gets older, it is good to prune once every two or three years to maintain its form and shape.

Why Choose InstantHedge-

Cornelian cherry hedge grows slowly but creates a wonderful privacy hedge. Usually, people start with small Cornus mas whips, but these take about 5 years to turn into anything resembling a hedge. With Cornelian cherry Instanthedge, you can get a perfect hedge right away, anywhere from 3-6′ tall.

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