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Cornus con Variegata
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Cornus controversa 'Variegata'


Description: Known as the wedding-cake tree, because of its distinctive, horizontal, tiered habit, this tree makes a lovely focal point for a small to medium-sized garden. It has bright green leaves with bold, creamy-white margins, which turn red-purple in autumn. Creamy white clusters of flowers appear in May-June followed by blue/black fruit that create additional seasonal interest. A spectacular tree that gets better with age.

History: Introduced in about 1880 by Veitch’s Nursery of Exeter. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Cornus Growing Tips: Thrives in fertile, humus-rich, neutral to acid soil. Unsuitable for shallow, chalky soils.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 3m x 3m

General attributes

Award-winning Award-winning
Text Green Silver Foliage

Ornamental attributes

Small tree size after 10 years Small tree size after 10 years
Slow growth rate Slow growth rate
Interesting foliage Interesting foliage
Variegated foliage Variegated foliage
Flowering month - May Flowering month - May
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Shade tolerant Shade tolerant
Don't prune Don't prune