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CORNUS controversa

Commonly known as Giant dogwood, Wedding cake tree


Cream flowers, black fruits and rich purple-red autumn colour
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Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only
Medium £30.00 each

  • Deciduous - leaves to 15cm (6in) long are dark-green above, glaucous beneath and turn rich red to purple in autumn.
  • Cream
  • Height - 15m (49ft)
  • Spread - 15m (49ft)
  • Tree - rounded tree with tiered branches. Creamy-white flowers are produced in large, flattish heads to 18cm (7in) across followed by blue-black fruit.
  • Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun - shelter from cold winds
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - - anthracnose
  • Place of origin - China, Himalayas, Japan.
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Leaf margin - Entire - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Elliptic - see photos above
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - - humus rich
  • Neutral to acid soil
  • Tree Shape - Rounded to broadly spreading -
15m (49ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  15m (49ft)

Buy Varieties of CORNUS controversa

CORNUS controversa 'Gosia'

CORNUS controversa 'Gosia'  >

Commonly known as: Giant dogwood, Wedding cake tree.
Tiered branches and leaves variegated yellow tinged with pink
£52.50 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

CORNUS controversa 'Variegata'  AWARD

CORNUS controversa 'Variegata'  >

Commonly known as: Giant dogwood, Wedding cake tree.
Striking and very scarce slow growing variegated form with horizontal branching
Small £25.00 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Large £60.00 each

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