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Cornus controversa 'Variegata'


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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour






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Cornus controversa 'Variegata'

Plant details

One of Roy Lancaster's favourite multi-purpose trees, Cornus controversa 'Variegata' is a stunning sight in the garden. It makes a rounded tree with tiered branches. The foliage is bright green with bold, creamy-white margins, turning yellow in autumn. In early summer, it produces clusters of small white flowers, followed by blue-black fruit. Fully hardy, it has a height and spread of about 15m (50ft). Generally trouble-free, no pruning is required. It needs sun or partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil. The Royal Horticultural Society has judged it to be a plant of outstanding excellence, giving it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Cornaceae

Genus: Cornus

Species: controversa

Cultivar: Variegata

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1500cm

Spread: 1500cm

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