Cornelian-cherry - Cornus mas


    Deciduous shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite, oval, untoothed, dull green beneath, 3 to 5 pairs of main veins. Flowers yellow, small 4 or 5 mm borne in small clusters before the leaves emerge. Fruit oval, 12 to 15 mm, shiny scarlet when ripe.

    Identification difficulty

    Sometimes planted and occasionally naturalises.

    When to see it

    Flowers February and March.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Infrequent but widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare as a naturalised plant in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 1 of the 617 tetrads.

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