Syn.: Cornus mascula Zorn, Cornus vernalis Salisb., Macrocarpinus mas (L.) Nakai
Family: Cornaceae Bercht. et J. Presl
Cornus mas

Cornus mas

Distribution: Southern and Central Europe, Ukraine, Caucasus, southwestern Asia.
Ecology: Grows on bushy slopes and edges of woods, from lowlands to foothills. Blooms from March to April.
Description: Shrub or small tree, 2–6 m high. The leaves are shortly petiolate, opposite, ovate to elliptic. The flowers are yellow, it blooms before the leaves unfold. The fruit is an oblong-ovoid red drupe.
Use: Cultivated in the parks and gardens, the fruits are used medicinally.
Endangering and Protection: The Cornelian Cherry is a protected in Czechia.
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These images were taken in Czechia, Pavlovské vrchy, Sirotčí hrádek (22. 4. 2006) and Brno, Kamenný vrch (30. 9. 2006).