Cricket Hill Garden
Cornus, 'Yugo Sweet' cornelian cherry
Cornus mas 'Yugo Sweet'
A new cultivar of cornelian cherry introduced by the renowned C. mas aficionado 'Little' John Holzwart. The tree is a seedling which originated in the former Yugoslavia and has been producing well in zone 5b Wisconsin for over two decades. The fruit have an above average sweetness when fully ripe.
Size at maturity: 10-20' tall and and 7-8' wide.
Site Selection: Ideally full-sun location, but will also grow and fruit in dappled sun locations. Adaptable to a range or soil types provided the planting location is well drained. Prefers a pH of around 6.5.
Cultivation: Partially self-fertile trees require little attention once established. Yields are better with two different cultivars or seedlings. Cornus mas can be trained as a small standard tree or as a multi-stemmed shrub. For a mature tree it is only necessary to prune out dead, broken or crossed branches.
Zone hardiness, Pests, & Diseases: Hardy to USDA zone 5-7. Only pest of note has been spotted winged drosophila. Leaves sometimes become infected with anthracnose. This disease is purely cosmetic on C. mas and does not harm the tree. Birds and critters will compete with humans for the harvest.
Plant size: 18" to 2' tall tree
When we ship: FALL 2023 / SPRING 2024.