Cornus controversa

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Cornus controversa
Cornus controversa 'variegata' - NBGB - IMG 4246.JPG
C. controversa 'Variegata' in the National Botanic Garden of Belgium
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Cornales
Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus
Subgenus: Cornus subg. Mesomora
C. controversa
Binomial name
Cornus controversa

Cornus controversa (wedding cake tree), syn. Swida controversa, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Cornus of the dogwood family Cornaceae, native to China, Korea, the Himalayas and Japan. It is a deciduous tree growing to 50 ft (15 m), with multiple tiered branches. Flat panicles of white flowers (cymes to 3–7 in (8–18 cm) wide) appear in summer, followed by globose black fruit (drupes to 12 in (13 mm)). Ovate dark green leaves (3–6 in (8–15 cm) long) are glaucous underneath and turn red-purple in autumn. It is cultivated in gardens and parks in temperate regions.[1][2][3]

It is also sometimes referred to as Bothrocaryum controversum (Hemsl.) Pojark when seeds are offered for online sale.[4]

The variety C. controversa 'Variegata' has leaves with cream margins, which turn yellow in autumn, and grows to a lesser size than its parent – typically 25 ft (8 m). It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[5]



  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  2. ^ "Cornus controversa". Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  3. ^ "Dogwood Cornus controversa". Kew Royal Botanic Gardens. Archived from the original on 2013-03-12.
  4. ^ "Heirloom 50 Bothrocaryum controversum (Hemsl.) Pojark. Tree Shrubs Herb Seeds". Amazon. ASIN B074WB498W. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  5. ^ "Cornus controversa 'Variegata' (v)". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 2018-08-17.