Japanese cornelian cherry is a late winter flowering shrub that produces tiny clusters of sunny yellow blossoms. After flowering, this eastern Asian native produces berries that slowly turn from green to bright red. Its medium green foliage turns an appealing red-purple in autumn, and its bark is an interesting scaly blend of gray, orange and brown.
This dogwood is not fussy about the soil in which it grows, but should be planted in full to partial sun for best flowering, fruiting and fall-color. It is best planted if in front of a dark evergreen or wall. Either will heighten the visual "pop" of its leafless branches when they become covered with tiny winter flowers. Early blooming bulbs and corms, like winter aconite or snowdrops, would look beautiful in combination with Japanese cornelian cherry.
Information source: http://www.learn2grow.com/plants/cornus-officinalis/
Genus - Cornus
Species - Officinalis
Common name - Japanese Cornelian Cherry
Pre-Treatment - Required
Plant type - Shrub
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Height - 6 - 8 m
Spread - 4 - 6 m
Growth rate - Medium
Bloom season - Early spring
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Yellow
Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline
Soil type - Clay, Loam
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
1. Soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours.
2. Fill a nursery flat or other germination container, to within 10 mm of the rim, with a sterile germinating mix. Moisten the mix thoroughly.
3. Sow the seeds ~2 mm deep in the mix. Moisten the seeds and place the flat in a cold frame or in the refrigerator at +2-+4C for 60 days. Keep the seeds moist during this period.
4. Remove the flat from the refrigerator and place it in an area with indirect sunlight and where the temperature remains between +15-+20C (60-68 F).
5. Keep in good ventilated room or place. Good air circulation is required.
5. Spray the seeds periodically with room-temperature water from a misting bottle to ensure they remain moist. Seeds typically germinate within 20 days to three months.
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