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Asiatic Dogwood, Cornus officinalis Seed - Japanese Cornel Dogwood - Colorful Exfoliating Bark - ZONES 5 - 9

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Pkt. Size     –      20      Seeds    
1oz     –             160      Seeds  
4oz     –             650+    Seeds   
½ LB –            1,300+   Seeds   
1 LB   –           2,600+   Seeds


Asiatic Dogwood, Japanese Cornel DogwoodCornus officinalis

aka Japanese cornelian cherry

Native to China, Japan and Korea, Cornus officinalis (Japanese cornel dogwood) usually grows as a large, spreading, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub to 15-25' tall. It also may be grown as a small tree. It is very similar to Cornus mas, except it grows with a slightly more open habit, flowers one week earlier, has more attractive bark and often has brown hair tufts in the vein axils on the leaf undersides. Ovate to elliptic, dark green leaves (to 4 3/4" long). Variable fall color ranges from drab pale yellow to attractive reddish-purple. Yellow flowers appear in late winter to very early spring before the leaves in 3/4" wide clusters (umbels). Flowers are followed in fall by oblong red fruits (drupes) that are technically edible but astringent. Exfoliating bark has tones of gray and brown.

A decidious Shrub growing to 10 m (32ft) by 10 m (32ft). It is hardy to zone 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Feb to March, and the seeds ripen in September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. and can grow in very alkaline soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.It requires moist soil.

Traditional medicine

It occurs in China, Japan and Korea where it is used as a food plant and as a medicinal plant-Shan-zhu-yu,(Chinese) San-syu-yu (Japanese). The fruits of Cornus officinalis have been used in traditional oriental medicine for treatment of inner ear diseases, such as tinnitus and hearing loss.


Cornelian cherry juices are rich in potassium, calcium, sodium, iron, zinc, manganese, and copper. Compared to other juices obtained from plum, pear, and apple, Cornelian cherry juice contained higher levels of dietary minerals.


Resembles Cornus mas, but its exfoliating bark is more colorful, in rich grays, browns, and oranges, and the flower display more impressive. Flowers in early spring; edible fruit

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