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Cornus controversa | Giant Dogwood - 210-220cm, 90lt

Cornus controversa | Giant Dogwood - 210-220cm, 90lt

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Cornus controversa, commonly known as the giant dogwood or wedding cake tree, is a deciduous tree that belongs to the family Cornaceae. It is native to Japan, Korea, and China and is widely cultivated as an ornamental tree in many parts of the world. The tree can grow up to 15-20 meters in height and has a spread of 8-10 meters. It has a broad, spreading crown and a striking layered structure of branches, giving it the appearance of a tiered wedding cake. The leaves are oval-shaped, 8-15 cm in length, and turn a bright red or purple color in the fall. In late spring or early summer, the tree produces clusters of small, white flowers that are followed by blue-black berries in the fall. The flowers and fruits are not particularly showy, but the tree's unique branching pattern and attractive foliage make it a popular ornamental tree. Cornus controversa prefers moist, well-drained soils and partial shade, but can also tolerate full sun. It is a relatively fast-growing tree and can be propagated through seeds or cuttings.
  • Common Name

    Giant Dogwood

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous tree

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To


  • Flower

    clusters of small, creamy white flowers

  • Foliage

    lush, ovate, green leaves with broad creamy margins

  • Maturation period

    50 years +

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height

12 m +

Mature Width

8 m +

Shape / habit

bushy, horizontal-tiered habit

Preferred Location


North–facing or South–facing or West–facing or East–facing, exposed or sheltered

Soil Type

acid and neutral soil, full sun, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well-drained, well-drained

Growing Period




spring, summer, autumn


late autumn

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During this time, we have developed a large stock of trees, mature evergreen shrubs, conifers, Japanese maples, cedars and olives. What sets us apart from a generic garden center is solid unwavering focus on trees and some bigger shrubs. You will find thousands of trees, hundreds of varieties and lots of experts who are working on the nursery and more than willing to help you to choose a plant for you.

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