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Cornus Controversa 'Variegata'

Cornus Controversa 'Variegata'  • 

Photo: Cornus Controversa 'Variegata'

Photo: Cornus Controversa 'Variegata'
Photo: Cornus Controversa 'Variegata'

Cornus controversa (wedding cake tree), syn. Swida controversa, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Cornus of the dogwood family Cornaceae, native to China, Korea, the Himalayas and Japan. It is a deciduous treegrowing to 50 ft (15 m), with multiple tiered branches. Flat panicles of white flowers appear in summer, followed by globose black fruit. The leaves turn a rich red-purple in autumn. It is cultivated in gardens and parks in temperateregions.

It is also sometimes referred to as Bothrocaryum contraversa (Hemsl.) Pojark when seeds are offered for online sale.

The variety C. controversa 'Variegata' has leaves with cream margins, which turn yellow in autumn, and grows to a lesser size than its parent - typically 25 ft (8 m). It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Properties

Height
400 - 500 cm
Color
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Sunlight
Full sun, Partial shade
PH
Acid, Neutral
Moisture
Well-drained, Moist but well-drained
Hardiness
Hardy