Variegated Dogwood Hedging – Cornus Controversa Variegata

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Cornus controversa Variegata, often referred to as the Variegated Dogwood or the Wedding Cake Tree, is a unique, deciduous shrub or small tree, native to East Asia. Celebrated for its distinctive, tiered habit and beautifully variegated leaves, it provides a stunning, architectural feature in any garden.

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Variegated Dogwood Hedging – Cornus Controversa Variegata

Cornus controversa Variegata, often referred to as the Variegated Dogwood or the Wedding Cake Tree, is a unique, deciduous shrub or small tree, native to East Asia. Celebrated for its distinctive, tiered habit and beautifully variegated leaves, it provides a stunning, architectural feature in any garden.

Description and Characteristics

The Variegated Dogwood displays dark green leaves with bright, creamy white edges, offering a delightful contrast. These leaves turn a subtle, purplish-red in the autumn before falling off to reveal the plant’s signature, horizontally-tiered branches.

As a hedge, it usually grows to a height of 3-4 metres (10-13 feet) but can reach up to 8 metres (26 feet) if left to grow freely as a tree. With a moderate growth rate, gaining approximately 30-45cm (12-18 inches) annually, a well-maintained Variegated Dogwood can live up to 50 years or more.

Flowering, Berries, and Reproduction

In late spring to early summer, the Variegated Dogwood produces clusters of small, cream-white flowers. The flowers are predominantly insect-pollinated and mature into black, berry-like drupes by late summer. Each drupe contains a single seed, which is spread by birds that eat the berries.

Benefits to Wildlife

The flowers of the Variegated Dogwood provide a valuable nectar source for bees and other insects, while the berries are an essential food resource for birds in late summer. Its dense growth habit also offers shelter and nesting opportunities for various birds.

Ideal for British Gardens

The Variegated Dogwood makes an exceptional addition to British gardens due to its striking appearance and year-round interest. The elegant, tiered growth habit and variegated foliage bring a unique visual interest, and it can serve as a focal point in any garden design.

The plant thrives in a variety of soils and can handle both full sun and partial shade. It’s tolerant of hard pruning, making it suitable for hedging, but also grows well as a standalone specimen tree. Its wildlife-friendly nature makes it an ideal choice for biodiversity-focused garden designs.

Distribution in the UK

Although the Variegated Dogwood is not a native species, it’s been widely cultivated across the UK due to its attractive features. It can be commonly found in parks and gardens, where it adds an appealing touch of architectural structure.

In conclusion, the Variegated Dogwood, with its unique architectural form, beautiful variegated foliage, wildlife benefits, and adaptability, is an excellent choice for a range of British garden designs. Whether you wish to create a garden with a stunning focal point, a wildlife-friendly space, or need a versatile hedging plant, Cornus controversa Variegata is a perfect choice.

Style

Full Standard, Boxhead, Feathered, Multi Stem, Pleached, Half Standard Pleached, Umbrella, Half Standard, Espalier, Mini Standard, Ball, Cone, Spiral, Cube, Cloud Form, Cube Spiral, Cube Multiball, Cube Ball Cone, Pom-pom, Lollipop, Archway, Twisted Stem, Triple Lollipop, Multiball 2, Multiball 3, Dome, Cylinder, Pyramid, Cylindrical Dome, Twisted Stem, Unique, Bonsai, Instant Hedge, Instant Screen, Hedging Plants, Young Tree, Regular Tree

Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root

Height

15-30cm, 30-50cm, 50-70cm, 70-90cm, 90-110cm, 110-130cm, 130-150cm, 150-170cm, 170-200cm, 200-230cm, 230-250cm, 250-270cm, 270-300cm, 300-350cm, 350-400cm, 400-450cm, 450-500cm, 500-600cm, 600-700cm, 700-800cm, 10-20cm, 20-30cm, 30-40cm, 40-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, 70-80cm, 80-90cm, 90-100cm, 100-110cm, 110-120cm, 120-130cm, 130-140cm, 140-150cm

Stem Girth

4-6cm, 6-8cm, 8-10cm, 10-12cm, 12-14cm, 14-16cm, 16-18cm, 18-20cm, 20-22cm, 22-24cm, 24-26cm, 26-28cm, 28-30cm, 30-35cm, 35-40cm, 40-45cm, 45-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, N/A, 20-25cm, 25-30cm

Foliage Type

Deciduous

Origin

Not Native

Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Medium Growing

Growth Speed

Fast Growth

Costal Growing

No

Conifer?

No

Flowering?

Yes

Berries?

0

Toxic?

0

Colourful Foliage?

0

Hard Wood Cutbacks?

0

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STANDARD DELIVERY TYPES

Box/Parcel – Used for plants sized 0-70cm, costs £12. Order £100 worth of plants of that size to qualify for free delivery! Parcel deliveries are always sent for next day delivery unless otherwise specified.

Pallet – Used for plants sized 71-230cm, costs £60. Order £350 worth of plants to qualify for free pallet delivery! We always send our pallets for next day delivery, unless requested otherwise.

Private Van – Used for plants sized 231cm and taller, costs £60. Order £350 worth to get free private van delivery!

In all cases you can request a private van delivery, where your plants are delivered by us. Upon your request we can re-evaluate your delivery fee and let you know of the delivery time.

Please note, for pallet and box deliveries we use third party companies to deliver the goods. Not often, but occasionally some delays may happen due to unforeseen circumstances, which are out of our control. For this reason, we ask you to never book gardeners, contractors, or other industry professionals for the estimated delivery date. Please do not book days off work or cancel other commitments specifically for your plant delivery to avoid disappointment.

Not home? No problem!

If you are not home at the time of your delivery, don’t worry! With your permission, we will instruct our trusted couriers to leave your plants in a safe place. If you have any requirements, or a preferred safe place for your plant delivery, please ensure to leave us a note along with your order, or simply give us a call.

Specialized Delivery

If you have any special requirements regarding your delivery, please add it to your order notes or call us on 01603 327269. Always include any delivery restrictions into your order note so appropriate vehicles and good carriers can be used to deliver your plants.

Please note that we currently are unable to deliver to Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland due to Brexit rules and regulations.

For more delivery information refer to our terms and conditions here.

 

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