24 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday – February Flowers of Cornus mas

  1. This shrub/small tree is such a great one to profile! I can only hope more people will be inspired to plant it as it provides early pollen, nectar and later fruit. I have a little cornus mas tree; cheery and delightful when in bloom shortly after the forcynthia. Mine is located between the house and some much taller trees. On the norwestern side it receives a lot of afternoon sun. Planted there to protect if from early sunlight as the blossoms can be damaged when the sun warms them too quickly after a frost. As such, the bees don’t always find it’s flowers to pollinate (it blooms before the Serviceberry, Ashes and dandelions, so you would think they’d be all over it every year), BUT when they do it is covered in tasty summer fruit. One just has to get to them before the birds know the fruit has ripened. I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to your next entry.

    • Thank you very much, I have read the fruits are edible and can be made into preserves, something I have not tried. Interesting to hear of the Bees sometimes overlooking this plant, its not a native here, so possibly from the warmer area it originates from, pollinators are more interactive. Where is your garden?

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