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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.