In the Garden
Cornus mas is a medium to large deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 5–12 m tall, with dark brown branches and greenish twigs. The leaves are opposite, 4–10 cm long and 2–4 cm broad, with an ovate to oblong shape. The flowers are small (5–10 mm diameter), produced in clusters of 10–25 together in the late winter, well before the leaves appear – making for a lovely show as the plant becomes covered with a golden haze of blooms.
The wood from this tree is extremely dense and does not float. This density makes the wood extremely strong and ideal for tool making. Once germinated, this tree will do well in a pot if watered regularly and given a feed when flowering.