A Ukrainian large-fruited variety of the Ekzotycnyj variety with tasty, sweet, pear-shaped fruits, excellent flavour and long shelf life. Driene belongs to the long-lived trees.
The large-fruited dogwood has an interesting growth habit, in the first year it can grow up to 50 cm, but the older it gets, the slower it grows. It is ideal for growing in our area, but also tolerates higher altitudes. It grows upright.
Driene is partially self-pollinating, but for a good crop and large fruit it is advisable to have a pollinator in the form of another variety.
Flowering begins in March, The flower tolerates well even spring frosts.
The fruits are red to black, very large, up to 8,5 g. There is a stone in the centre. The shape of the fruit is pear-shaped to cylindrical. The taste is refreshingly sweet. When the fruit is not sufficiently ripe, the taste is slightly bitter.
The fruit of the dogwood is ideal for direct consumption, containing many vitamins, minerals, anthocyanin dyes and polyphenols. Adequate watering is needed when the fruit ripens. They can also be boiled, made into juices or liqueurs.
The fruit ripens in late August to September.
The variety is very prolific, one mature tree will produce up to 40 kg of fruit.
Growing dogwoods is undemanding. We can expect a harvest in the first year after planting.
Driene does not require pruning, but shaping pruning can be done. Dogwood trees root shallowly, so regular watering is advisable. It is recommended to fertilise with potassium as the leaves dry.
It is sufficiently resistant to pests and diseases.