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Uses

Toxic parts

None known

Edible uses

Notes

Fruit - raw, dried or used in preserves[1][2][3][4][5][6]. Juicy, with a nice acid flavour[7]. The fully ripe fruit has a somewhat plum-like flavour and texture and is very nice eating, but the unripe fruit is rather astringent[K]. It is rather low in pectin and so needs to be used with other fruit when making jam[4]. At one time the fruit was kept in brine and used like olives[6]. The fruit is a reasonable size, up to 15mm long, with a single large seed[K]. A small amount of edible oil can be extracted from the seeds[3]. Seeds are roasted, ground into a powder and used as a coffee substitute[6].

Unknown part

Fruit

Material uses

An oil is obtained from the seed[3]. A dye is obtained from the bark[2][3]. No more details are given. Another report says that a red dye is obtained from the plant, but does not say which part of the plant[8]. The leaves are a good source of tannin[3]. Wood - very hard, it is highly valued by turners[3]. The wood is heavier than water and does not float[3]. It is used for tools, machine parts, etc[3][7][5][9].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The bark and the fruit are astringent, febrifuge and nutritive[3]. The astringent fruit is a good treatment for bowel complaints and fevers, whilst it is also used in the treatment of cholera[8][10]. The flowers are used in the treatment of diarrhoea[8].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame or in an outdoors seedbed if there is sufficient seed[11][12]. The seed must be separated from the fruit flesh since this contains germination inhibitors[11][13]. Stored seed should be cold stratified for 3 - 4 months and sown as early as possible in the year[13]. Scarification may also help as may a period of warm stratification before the cold stratification[11][13]. Germination, especially of stored seed, can be very slow, taking 18 months or more[13]. Prick out the seedlings of cold-frame sown seeds into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow the plants on for their first winter in a greenhouse, planting out in the spring after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe side shoots, July/August in a frame[14]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, taken with a heel if possible, autumn in a cold frame. High percentage[15]. Layering of new growth in June/July. Takes 9 months[15].

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Cultivation

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in any soil of good or moderate fertility[16], ranging from acid to shallow chalk[17]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers a moist soil[18] and a sunny position[19] but also succeeds in light shade[14]. Plants are fairly wind resistant[K]. Plants grow and crop well in pots. A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -25°c[20]. At one time the cornelian cherry was frequently cultivated for its edible fruit, though it has fallen into virtual disuse as a fruit crop in most areas[2]. It is still being cultivated in parts of C. Europe and there are some named varieties[6]. 'Macrocarpa' has larger fruits than the type[21]. 'Nana' is a dwarf form, derived from a yellow-fruited clone[21]. 'Variegata' has been seen on a number of occasions with very large crops of fruit, even in years when the type species has not fruited well[K]. 'Jolico' has well-flavoured fruits 3 times larger than the species. There are also a number of cultivars with yellow, white and purplish fruit. Seedlings can take up to 20 years to come into fruit. Plants produced from cuttings come into fruit when much younger, though they do not live as long as the seedlings. A very ornamental plant[16] it flowers quite early in the year and is a valuable early food for bees[5][18]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[17].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Cornus mas.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Cornus mas
Genus
Cornus
Family
Cornaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
5 x 5 meters
Fertility
?
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type

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