Cornus controversa in flower on the Barcham Trees nursery
Cornus controversa in flower on the Barcham Trees nursery
The pretty white flower of Cornus controversa
Cornus controversa
Cornus controversa foliage
The creamy white flowers of Cornus controversa in detail
Medium Wedding Cake Tree from this batch

Cornus controversa

Wedding Cake Tree

Estimated fully grown height 3-7m

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Product Details

Cornus controversa is a particularly stunning ornamental specimen tree that develops a layered type structure, similar to the tiers of a wedding cake.  This interesting tree has elliptically shaped deep green foliage and broad clusters of creamy white flowers which emerge after the foliage in May.

In the autumn small black fruits develop as the foliage turns to a deep purple-red. Cornus controversa, the Wedding Cake tree, is so named due to the fact it develops a markedly tiered effect with definite layers of branches as it matures.

A consistent performer; this tree will tolerate most soil types. A small to medium sized tree of broadly conical form at maturity which was imported from Japan and Korea in the 1880’s and won the Award of Merit in 1984.

There is a simply wonderful specimen to view in Bath Botanic Garden. Cornus controversa is an excellent choice for planting schemes which require architectural structure and as such this tree makes a magnificent centre piece. Being small, it is suitable for gardens and has the benefit of offering a myriad of interest throughout the seasons.

Mature height: 3-7m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Garden, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Spring, Summer,
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.