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!
Mature height: 3-7m