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Cornelian Cherry
Cornus mas

This native to parts of Europe and Asia has been introduced into the eastern United States as an ornamental, fruit-bearing tree. This species grows from 5-12 m in height. The ruby-red oval fruits, which taste similar to cranberries and sour cherries, are used in jam making. However, this tree is not a true cherry, but is related to the Flowering Dogwood.

Habitat:Planted as an ornament, may naturalize in open woodlands.
Growth Habit:Deciduous shrub or small tree, multi-stemmed, growing to 5.4-7.5 m tall.
Bloom Time:Mid-spring.
Longevity:Moderate.
Presence in US:DC MA MD NY VA
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