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Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - OUTDOORS -

Cor­nelian cherry is a de­cid­u­ous shrub from south­ern Europe and west Asia. It pro­vides in­ter­est for much of the year, but re­ally comes into its own in win­ter, pro­duc­ing clus­ters of bright yel­low flow­ers which add some piz­zazz when ev­ery­thing else is grey.

In late sum­mer, it bears red cherry-like ed­i­ble fruits that can be made into pre­serves and, in au­tumn, oval leaves take on a pur­ple tint. Grow­ing up to 15ft tall, Cor­nus mas prefers a warm, shel­tered po­si­tion in sun or par­tial shade in welldrained but moist, fer­tile soil.

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