What is the tastiest cornus mas(cornielian dogwood cherry) variety out there? Whats your favorite and what nursery can I order it from? Looking for which variety to buy i found this site. http://cornusmas.eu/pages/strona-glowna/oferta/deren-jadalny-cornus-mas One variety listed on that link as "Cornelian Cherry cv. Shafer (Cornus mas Szafer)" has a 16% sugar content!! Sadly the only place i can find that variety is in poland. does anyone know where i can find that 16% variety in the U.S? or any of those other varieties above 10% sugar content? Or even a U.S nursery that has sugar content listed?
So many people plant the cornelian cherry dogwoods for the fruit. How about the kousa dogwoods? Hardy, beautiful, easy to grow and loaded down with large tasty fruit every year. Sure they are a little strange looking (the fruit) but they are good eating and when they are ripe you just put a sheet down under the tree and give it a wack. Pounds and pounds of little orange/red aliens that taste kind of like a cross between a persimmon (ripe one) and apricot.
I enjoy the cornus mas fruits a lot. Lots of rare fruit (here in Alabama anyway) and ease of propagation get high marks in my book.
I bought my original plant from onegreenworld don't remember the variety but its a red fruited round variety. I have six I've rooted from my original plant by cuttings in water until they formed a few roots then transplanted.
Had my first cornus kousa fruits this past fall. The tree had literally several hundred fruits on the ground and several hundred more still in the tree.
The skin itself not very good. But the flesh is like an American persimmon, not good until they fall from the tree, squish the pulp into your mouth and spit the numerous seeds out.
And yes the taste of the kousa is American persimmon with a taste of apricot.
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