Cornus mas, also known as the Cornelian cherry, is a charming small tree or large shrub that can add a pop of color and interest to any garden. In early spring, before most other plants have started to bloom, the tree produces a profusion of cheerful, bright yellow flowers which provide an early source of nectar for bees and other pollinators. They are followed by small red berries which are a favorite food source for many bird species, making the tree a valuable addition to any wildlife garden. These tart and tangy fruits can be used in a variety of culinary applications too , including preserves, jams, and liqueurs. As the weather cools, the tree's leaves turn a beautiful reddish-purple color, adding a final burst of visual interest before the winter sets in. Cornus mas is a hardy and adaptable tree that can grow in a wide range of soil types and conditions, making it a versatile choice for any garden.
Prunus cerasifera Nigra
A wonderfully versatile tree, this ornamental cherry has just about everything to offer. In spring it is covered in very pretty soft pink blossom which is well visited and much loved by bees and other pollinators. The flowers are contrasted beautifully against the almost black stems and the newly emerging bronze foliage. Over the summer the leaves turn a deep purple and then in autumn they offer a final flourish of red and orange. A great tree for a small garden or to set off against other trees. It will grow in most stable conditions in full sun and will reach 10m x 10m.
This is an unusual shrub which makes a lovely addition to a late winter or early spring garden. It bares pendant racemes of small, cup-shaped pale yellow flowers which drip from bare, arching bronze coloured branches. It flowers from February to April so is a good plant for early pollinators. It ultimately grows to size 3m x 3m and prefers ericaceous soil.