Fruit - raw or cooked
. They were often eaten by native North Americans, but they are bitter and acid
There are no material uses listed for Cornus occidentalis.
The bitter-tasting bark is astringent, ophthalmic and tonic
. An infusion has been used as a wash for sore eyes
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame or in an outdoors seedbed if there is sufficient seed
. The seed must be separated from the fruit flesh since this contains germination inhibitors
. Stored seed should be cold stratified for 3 - 4 months and sown as early as possible in the year
. Scarification may also help as may a period of warm stratification before the cold stratification
. Germination, especially of stored seed, can be very slow, taking 18 months or more
. 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.
Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, taken with a heel if possible, autumn in a cold frame. High percentage.
Layering of new growth in June/July. Takes 9 months
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An easily grown plant, it succeeds in any soil of good or moderate fertility
, ranging from acid to shallow chalk
. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in poorly drained soils
. Succeeds in full sun or light shade[
Allied to C. stolonifera and considered to be part of that species by some botanists.
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
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Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Cornus occidentalis.
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