Cornus controversa

Dogwood - Cornus controversa

Common Name: Dogwood
Genus: Cornus
Species: controversa

The latin Cornus means ‘horn’, in this case referring to the hard nature of the wood.

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 12.00 m (1200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 12.00 m (1200 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: Green, Purple, RedFlowering Period: June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Large clusters of white flowers in June followed by spherical blue-black fruit and glossy dark green leaves turning rich red and purple in autumn. The horizontally tiered spreading branches of this deciduous dogwood provide an excellent focal-point for a medium-sized garden. Rounded in shape, it performs best in fertile moisture-retentive soil in full sun.

Other Features: The fruits may cause a mild stomach ache if ingested.

Garden Care: Incorporate a quantity of well-rotted garden compost or horse manure in the planting hole to improve the moisture-retentive qualities of the soil. The tree requires no regular pruning since this would interfere with its graceful tiered habit.

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