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●● Cor­nus mas (also known as the Cor­nelian cherry)

This de­cid­u­ous shrub from south­ern Europe and west Asia pro­vides in­ter­est for much of the year, but it re­ally comes into its own in win­ter; when it pro­duces clus­ters of bright yel­low flow­ers which add some gen­uine piz­zazz at a time 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 well-drained but moist, fer­tile soil.

Good cul­ti­vars in­clude ‘Golden Glory’ and ‘Var­ie­gata’.

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