Dogwood Seeds, Cornelian Cherry

(Cornus mas) Perennial. Zones 4 - 8. 

Wow, wow, wow! What a gem. Cornelian Cherry, actually in the dogwood family, is one of the plants we are most excited about. This is another "forgotten fruit", with a rich history, especially in ancient Greece. This tree is making a comeback in permaculture and culinary circles and for good reason.

After only four years, this little tree will bear massive crops of small, red fruits. These are about the size sour cherries, only oblong and similar in taste. They can be eaten raw or transformed into any number of recipes including juice, jams, jellies and pies. 

Like the persimmonCornelian Cherries are best enjoyed fully ripe and hold the perfect combination of sour cherry, wild plum and cranberry. Be warned: An unripe Cornelian Cherry is very astringent and will dry up your mouth pretty quick! Remember that patience is a virtue. Fruit will ripen on the tree and drop when ready. It is best to lay a tarp to gather the cherries.


Cold Hardiness: Zones 4 - 8

Edible: Yes

SizeSmall Tree

Growth RateMedium

Nitrogen Fixer: No

Native Plant: No

Germination: 60 - 80%

Sun Requirements: Prefers partial shade.

Soil Preference: Average, well draining. Prefers cooler roots, so mulch for Summer.



For best results, sow seeds outdoors in Spring, seeds will germinate the following Spring.  If sowing indoors...

SEED PRETREATMENT: Soak seeds in water for 24 hours. Mix seeds with a moistened grow medium equal to 3-4 times seed volume. Place in a covered tray/cells or container.

STRATIFICATION: 180 days warm/moist (20°C), the top of your fridge is a good spot for this. Monitor for mold. Next, start 90 days cold/moist, (5°C), in your fridge is a good spot for this. Inspect periodically for even moisture and germination.

POST-STRATIFICATION: Sow stratified seeds 1/2” deep. Alternating soil temperatures during the day (30°C) and night (20°C) aids germination. Water evenly and regularly.

GERMINATION: When all previously mentioned requirements are fulfilled, germination generally occurs in 60 days.

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Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia.

  • $7.99

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