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Cornus controversa - mature specimen flowering in early summer
  • Cornus controversa - mature specimen flowering in early summer

Cornus controversa

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(Wedding Cake Tree) A handsome tree once established, Cornus controversa is native to a large part of Eastern Asia and develops an eye-catching tiered habit over time.

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A handsome tree once established, Cornus controversa is native to a large part of Eastern Asia and develops an eye-catching tiered habit over time. It is a deciduous tree with dark green leaves in spring and summer, turning shades of purple and dark red/orange before falling in autumn. Clusters of small white flower appear in early summer on mature plants which are followed by black fruit.

Cornus controversa will develop its best habit and autumn colour if planted in a position with plenty of sun and some shelter from strong winds.


  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade..
  • Soil: Any fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Flowering Period: June.
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Small  to medium sized tree eventually with a handsome tiered shape once established.
    • Height: 10 - 12 m (32 - 40ft) 
    • Spread: 6 - 8 m (20 - 26 ft)

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Light Shade
Mature Size
Tree - Small (under 20 ft), Tree - Medium (20 - 50 ft)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Dry / Sandy, Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Most Soils
Special Features
Habit - Architectural, Rare and Unusual, Autumn Colour

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