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Cornus controversa

Wedding Cake Tree

Hardy Shrub

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One of the best small trees

Exceptionally graceful habit

Summer flowers and stunning autumn foliage

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One of the most spectacular small trees, Cornus controversa provides an exceptional combination of winning qualities: an elegant habit, beautiful flowers and stunning autumn colour.

This slow-growing tree develops a succession of layered branches held in graceful tiers which are clothed in bright green leaves. In May/June the tiers are decked with an abundance of blooms, composed of flattish clusters of tiny, star-like, creamy-white flowers which are followed by blue-black fruit. Autumn delivers another season of interest, when the leaves put on a stunning display of rich red and purple tones. Throughout winter, Cornus controversa continues to exert a presence in the garden, its bare branches forming an elegant silhouette.

An outstanding tree for a medium to large garden with moisture-retentive soil. Maximum height and spread: 15m (49ft).

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 15m (49ft)
Spread Up to 15m (49ft)

Hardy Shrub

cottage gardenslow maintenance gardenwoodland garden

full sun

Flowering Months
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1 x 25 Litre Potted Plant (KF2161)
1 x 10 litre Potted Plant (KC5017)

Grow Cornus trees in rich fertile, well drained, neutral to acid soil. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the soil to improve drainage and soil fertility. Plant dogwood trees in a sunny or semi-shaded position.
Feed and water flowering dogwoods regularly until fully established. Once established, Cornus trees require only occasional attention. Pruning dogwood is best kept to a minimum, removing only occasional damaged stems and lightly trimming those that spoil the shape of the plant in late winter or early spring. As the tree matures the lower branches can be removed to create a clear trunk. Apply a mulch of well rotted manure or other organic matter around the base of the plant in spring. Caution: Fruits are harmful if eaten, leaf hairs may irritate skin and eyes.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

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