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Giant dogwood

Cornus controversa 'Variegata'

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

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

PropagationGraft cultivars in winter. Root greenwood cuttings in summer.

ProblemsDogwood 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.

  • Genus : Cornus
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Plant Width : 30 feet or more
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees
  • Flower Color : White
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