Unusual & Old Fashioned Fruit Trees
There are some 45 species of Cornus trees and shrubs that vary in their growing habits with some being deciduous and others evergreen, some wanting well drained soil and others tolerating almost marshy conditions; Certain varieties are quite hardy and some a little delicate as regards the cold, most species have unimpressive flowers whereas a few put on more of a show with tight masses of flowers and bracts.
varieties of Cornus are very popular here in the U.K. for their
colourful stems and variegated leaves. They will grow into a smallish
tree if allowed to and the stems will lose their colour, but if
repeatedly cut down each year these particular plants will throw up
masses of new stems that are more brightly coloured than the old and
will grow into a dense thicket. As Winter approaches and the leaves
fall, the true beauty of the colourful Cornus can be seen with its
bright red, yellow or green stems, (depending on the variety.)
Cornus produce ornamental berries after flowering, but Cornus Mas, or
the Cornelian Cherry, produces small edible red berries that ripen in
late Summer. It is one of the larger growing Cornus and as such perhaps
not suitable for smaller gardens, but another variety of the smaller
Cornus Kousa, the Japanese Flowering Dogwood, has also been hybridised
to yield larger berries.