Cornus controversa Variegata is a small, deciduous tree growing up to 15m in height. Its architectural tiered appearance makes it the perfect specimen or focal point in any garden or parkland. Brought here from China and Japan, it has been grown in the UK & Ireland since the late 19th Century.
In spring, green, elliptic leaves appear alternately on the branches followed by clusters of tiny, white, star shaped flowers in May/ June. The flowers have a scent which attracts the insects for pollination. Green berries ripen to blue-black in autumn and provide a valuable food source for birds. The variegated foliage is green edged with cream and will also turn to reds and purples giving a beautiful autumn show.
Once the branches are bare, Cornus controversa still makes an attractive tree due to its ornamental, tiered form.