A surprising tiered tree - often known in its variegated form.
Common name : Wedding cake tree
Scientific name : Cornus controversa
Family : Cornaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Cornus controversa - the wedding cake tree - is a species of the dogwood family Cornaceae native to China, Korea, the Himalayas and Japan.
It is a deciduous tree growing to 15m tall, with a distinctive tiered branching pattern, glossy, elliptic leaves often turning purple in autumn and flat clusters of small white flowers.
Sowing & planting
200 - 400
6 - 7
Identify my wedding cake tree
Shrub up to 4 m tall, erect, tabular, single-leaved, deciduous, alternate, turning dark red in autumn. White flowering in July-August.
Plant my wedding cake tree
Plant from the end of autumn to the beginning of spring, in the sun, in all types of soil except very rich earth. Don't bury the base of the plant too deeply. Tamp down the earth around the roots, form a shallow basin and water until no more can be absorbed.
Water my wedding cake tree
The first month and the first year, water each week if rainfall is low, filling the hollow that you formed at planting.
Mulch my wedding cake tree
Mulch in November each year with deciduous wood chips to protect the soil — especially for the first few years — and limit the need for weeding.
Fertilize my wedding cake tree
Fertilize each year before the winter, by a contribution of compost on the top, which you will cover with mulching.