Thursday, 14 November 2019

Autumn: Cornus 'Norman Hadden'

My friend Kate, and I, took a stroll/roll* around Sheffield Botanical Gardens the other day. As always, there was something interesting to find in the gardens. This time, it was this 'shrub', Cornus 'Norman Hadden'.

As you can probably tell, it's a rather large shrub. In fact, it can grow to between 4-8 metres! And wow, see that fruit?!

Yes, this is the fruit, AND it's edible. Apparently the skin isn't so nice but the flesh inside is rather good. I didn't try one, because it wasn't until I got home and looked it up that I found it was indeed edible.

As you can see, it's a rather large 'shrub'. It's too big for my Forest Garden Border, but I have my eye on it for another corner of the garden.

But I think I'll have to go back to the gardens and sneakily pick one of the fruits and give it a try first ;)

Either way, what a fine tree, I mean, shrub.

*she strolled, I rolled on my mobility scooter

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Other posts in the series:
  Autumn: Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'
  Autumn: Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori'
  Autumn: in the Peak District
  Autumn: Salvia 'Amistad'
  Autumn: Fagus sylvatica


  1. That fruit is bizarre. Is Sheffield botanical gardens worth a visit. I’m guessing that it’s not under water.

    1. I think Sheffield Botanical Gardens are definitely worth a visit. We try and go regularly, and I always see something new. There is also a good cafe, and yes, it's on a big hill so it's not going to be under water.

      I've blogged about them several times, so do a search on my blog to get an idea of what else you might find there.

  2. I love it when you post photos from the Botanical Gardens, it brings back lovely memories. (And the not so lovely memory of getting locked in there one evening...)

    1. That's good. The good memories that is. However did you get out?! Or did you sleep in the glass house for the night?!


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