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Cornus mas
Cornelian Cherry
Family: Cornaceae

A sturdy, shrubby, and deciduous tree that grows to a height of 25 feet. The leaves grow to about 4 inches long, and are short-stemmed, oval shaped, and deeply veined. This tree is an early bloomer, having clusters of yellow flowers bloom on the previous years growth between mid-winter and early spring. It retains visual interest well into the fall by displaying reddish-purple leaves and small kidney-shaped fruit (which are excellent for birds). It is a native of West Asia and Europe. Hardy to zones 5-8. See several specimens planted at the South West doorway of Dion building.

Kim Gatesman

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