Giant dogwood Cornus controversa 'Variegata' Photo/Illustration: Chris Curless 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 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'View the discussion thread.