Cornus_controversa_'variegata' Wikipedia

The horizontal branching of this deciduous tree native to China and Japan creates a tiered effect and earned it the second common name, wedding cake tree. The distinctive look is even more dramatic in the white-variegate form. Growing up to forty-five feet tall, it is much larger than other dogwoods but care must be taken to choose a strong specimen that will develop a good central leader to support the branches. In spring small white flowers are produced in seven inch wide flat clusters that create a spectacular look in spite of the small size of the individual flowers. Green berries follow that turn blue-black in summer and attract birds. The three to six inch long leaves are dark green on the upper side, silvery green below, and may turn dark purple-red in the fall. Giant dogwood is an unusual and striking specimen tree that can be a focal point in a garden.

Type: Flowering deciduous tree

Outstanding Features: Horizontal branching

Form: Rounded with distinct tiers

Growth Rate: Medium to rapid

Bloom: Clusters of white flowers seven inches wide, in spring

Size: 35-45’ H x 20-30’ W

Light: Full sun to partial shade; afternoon shade in hot climates

Soil: Average, moist, well-drained, acidic

Hardiness: Zones 5-8

Pests and Diseases: Susceptible to canker, leaf spot, root rot, borers, leaf miners, and scale.

Propagation: Hardwood or greenwood cuttings; grafting

Outstanding Selection:  Variegata (leaves with white margin)

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By Karen