Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ Cornus

Cornus

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

Attributes

  • Tree shape: Spreading
  • Do not prune
  • Leaf colour: Green/ Silver
  • Flowering month: May
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Interesting foliage
  • S Size: Small

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