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The creamy white flowers of Cornus controversa Variegata
The creamy white flowers of Cornus controversa Variegata
The variegated foliage of Cornus controversa Variegata
A mature specimen of Cornus controversa Variegata in a parkland environment
Cornus controversa Variegata on the row of the Barcham Trees nursery
Small Wedding Cake Tree, Variegated Wedding Cake Tree from this batch
Cornus controversa Variegata sample video

Cornus controversa Variegata

Wedding Cake Tree, Variegated Wedding Cake Tree

Estimated fully grown height 3-7m

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Product Details

Small Cornus controversa Variegata are 1-1.5m tall, as per image.

Cornus controversa Variegata is a variegated variety of the true Wedding Cake tree, Cornus controversa, that was introduced in the 1890’s. It is often the variegated one to which people associate the common name, Wedding Cake tree.

As the name suggests, this stunning tree grows to form distinct layers with each new year of growth, giving the tree a tiered effect that is evident from a young age.  This specimen is a variegated form, with attractive cream to white margined leaves appearing in spring accompanied by a pink blush that gradually dulls.  The flowers are produced shortly after the foliage, creamy in colour, hanging in clusters from the tree.

Cornus controversa Variegata is a truly stunning specimen, which is a site to behold when at its best.  This Wedding Cake tree is for the patient amongst us; it is slow growing, prefers well drained soils and a sheltered aspect.

Whilst the Variegated Wedding Cake tree is an unusual specimen to see planted, it is extremely desirable and makes a fantastic addition to any arboretum collection and indeed makes a very good focus point in a garden with both its colour and distinct shape providing interest.  At Barcham we have these as small specimens, so if you are not a patient gardener it is best to take a look at the green version, which will bring satisfaction quickly!


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
Information flags
Good for bees,

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.