Cornelian Cherry Cornus mas - Cornus mascula, Cornus homerica, Cornus erythrocarpa, Cornus flava, Cornus nudiflora, Cornus praecox, Cornus vernalis, Macrocarpium mas

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Botanical Name:

Cornus mas







Common Name:

Cornelian Cherry

Seeds Per Pound:
18.44 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
Germination Test Type:
15-40 feet
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In Stock: 18.44 lb
Items are priced on a curve, you can buy any 'bulk quantity' up to what we have in stock, some examples are:
1 packet (~ 14 seeds)
1 oz (~ 149 seeds)
4 oz (~ 598 seeds)
1 lb (~ 2390 seeds)
1 kg (~ 5269 seeds)
10 lb (~ 23900 seeds)
Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: warm stratify for 180 days, cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: Sporadic germination will occur over a 2-3 year period.
In a Nutshell:
* It is a medium to large deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 5–12 m tall, with dark brown branches and greenish twigs. The leaves are opposite, 4–10 cm long and 2–4 cm broad, with an ovate to oblong shape and an entire margin. The flowers are small (5–10 mm diameter), with four yellow petals, produced in clusters of 10–25 together in the late winter, well before the leaves appear. The fruit is an oblong red drupe 2 cm long and 1.5 cm in diameter, containing a single seed. more...
* The species is also grown as an ornamental plant for its late winter flowers, which open earlier than those of forsythia, and, while not as large and vibrant as those of the forsythia, the entire plant can be used for a similar effect in the landscape.
* Popular for its yellow flowers in early spring and its gray and brown exfoliating bark, attractive rounded habit, edible red fruit, Dirr calls it "an excellent small tree" and recommends it for the Midwest U.S.
* The fruit is eaten raw, dried or used in preserves. Juicy, with a nice acid flavour. The fully ripe fruit has a somewhat plum-like flavour and texture and is very nice eating, but the unripe fruit is rather astringent. more...
* The wood of C. mas is extremely dense, and unlike the wood of most other woody plant species, sinks in water. This density makes it valuable for crafting into tool handles, parts for machines, etc. Cornus mas was used from the seventh century BC onward by Greek craftsmen to construct spears, javelins and bows, the craftsmen considering it far superior to any other wood. more...