BlueBell Nursery - Trees & Shrubs - Cornus - Cornus alternifolia 'Argentea..(three to four years old)'
Cornusalternifolia 'Argentea..(three to four years old)' Variegated American Wedding Cake Tree
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Older and larger specimens of the above Cornus alternifolia 'Argentea', three to four years old and standing at 40 - 60 cm tall.
A superb, unusual large shrub with silver variegated leaves and a striking, tabulated habit. In summer, pretty clusters of white flowers appear, sitting on the upper surface of the tiered branches and contrasting beautifully with the variegated leaves.
The unique shape only becomes apparent after several years growth. A stunning, architectural garden plant!
Supplied Size: 5L pots (approx 3 - 4 years old, 40 - 60 cm tall)
Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Fertile soil.
Flowering Period: June.
Flower Colour: White
Rate of Growth: Slow to moderate.
Habit: Large shrub with a handsome tiered shape once established.
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 2.5 m. (8 ft)
Pruning: After planting, look for a strongly growing stem developing after about two to four years, perhaps growing at an odd angle but obviously much more vigorous than the normal shoots. Train this stem vertically (usually up a thin bamboo cane or similar) to form the trunk and basis of the tiered structure. Some plants occasionally produce two or even three of these vigorous "leaders", in this case remove all but the most central one. Once established we find a new tier of branches develop every four years or so.
The Cornus alternifolia 'Argentea' in our woodland gardens (taken in September 2010).