Himalayan Strawberry Tree


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Cornus capitata

Small, ornamental evergreen tree in the Dogwood family. Height 4-6m with grey-green leaves, white summer flowers and late autumn fruit.  Attractive to birds.  Suited to most soil types including heavy clay, but moisture required. Sun or part-shade, but in Hawke’s Bay part-shade is probably preferable. Frost hardy once established. Easy to grow. Tolerant of coastal winds. Small fruits can be eaten raw or cooked, made into jam or fruit leathers. Skin is bitter but pulp can be tasty if harvested when very soft.  The bark is said to have medicinal uses. Timber is good for tool making, and firewood. Self fertile.

Size PB5.  Approx height 120cm

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