Cornus controversa

Wedding cake tree

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


photo by Manuela Goehner, copyright GAP Photos (245624)

Plant details

A deciduous tree from Japan and Korea with branches growing in tiers which earns it the nickname of wedding cake tree. From May onwards it will be covered in star-shaped white flowers and in autumn the bright green leaves turn purple in autumn and round, black fruits appear.

Family: Cornaceae

Genus: Cornus

Species: controversa

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1500cm

Spread: 1500cm

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