Giant Dogwood

Cornus controversa, commonly known as the wedding cake tree or giant dogwood, is a ornamental deciduous tree that is native to East Asia, particularly China, Korea, and Japan. This striking tree is renowned for its distinctive horizontal branches and tiered, horizontal layers of foliage that resemble the layers of a wedding cake, hence its common name.

The Appearance

A large deciduous tree with a broad, spreading crown and large, oval leaves. It produces clusters of small, white flowers in spring and summer.


The Produce

In the spring, the tree produces small, creamy white flowers in flattened clusters that give way to dark blue-black berries in the summer, which are attractive to birds.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of small, white flowers in late spring to early summer.


The Leaves

Each leaf is elliptical to ovate in shape, with finely serrated edges.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray when young, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including pollinators and fruit-eating birds.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental flowers and large leaves. Often planted in parks and large gardens.


Fun Facts

The Giant Dogwood is known for its impressive size and showy flower clusters.

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