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Cornelian cherry Cornus mas

A native of central and southern Europe and western Asia, the cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) has small star-shaped yellow flowers. This collection is from Greece. Make the unusual gift of sponsoring the cornelian cherry and safeguard its future in the Millennium Seed Bank vaults. 

The cornelian cherry was introduced to the UK over 100 years ago, its small star-shaped yellow flowers appear on bare stems in the winter, and early spring, to bright red fruit and reddish-purple leaves in autumn. The red fruits are edible when fully ripe, and can be used to make syrups and jams.

You can adopt this entire species as a gift for £1,000. Your donation will be used to maintain the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, ensure this species is kept safe forever in the vaults, and to collect more species in the future.

In addition to receiving your adoption pack featuring your certificate and photograph of the species (this will be posted to you, or the recipient), you will also be invited to a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst. You'll meet the staff and see the vaults where your species is stored.

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