Giant dogwood

Cornus controversa 'Variegata'

Photo/Illustration: 
Chris Curless
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Giant dogwood (Cornus controversa 'Variegata')
Genus:  Cornus

This rounded, deciduous tree with spreading, tiered branches is especially dramatic in the landscape. Its branches stand out in winter while the leaves, edged in a bold creamy white, add superb color and texture to the garden. In early summer, single white flowers are borne in large, flattened clusters up to 7 inches across. Blue-black fruit follows in autumn, attracting birds.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Prefers acidic to neutral soils, but is adaptable to most types. Great specimen tree.

Care: 

Adaptable to a variety of soils and light conditions, but do not overwater.

Propagation: 

Graft cultivars in winter. Root greenwood cuttings in summer.

Problems: 

Dogwood blight, powdery mildew, Discula blight, canker, bacterial leaf spot, and mushroom root rot. Common: twig borers, weevils, sawfly, scale insects, aphids, leafhoppers, root knot nematodes, and thrips.

Overview

Height
Over 30 ft.
Spread
Over 30 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Song Birds,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

Cornus controversa 'Variegata'