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Cornus mas

Cornouiller sauvage
Cornelian Cherry

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

4-5 mm

Flowering months

February,

March

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Elliptic

Height

12 m

Description

The wood is very dense and unlike most wood does not float but sinks. It was used to make tool handles.

Open woodland, scrub and hedgerows.

Flowers

Delicate, small yellow flowers borne in clusters before the leaves appear.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf, Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Oval to long, pointed, untoothed.

Fruits Seeds

Drupe: outer fleshy part surrounds a pit with a seed inside, the fruit being the size of a small olive, first red, ageing to black.

Edible

Fruit: quite acid, made into jellies.

Medical

Fruit: high levels of vitamin C, used in remedies for colds and flu.

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