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Giant Dogwood - Cornus controversa TREE Seeds - AKA wedding cake tree - Cold Hardy Down To Zone 5

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Giant Dogwood - Cornus controversa - Swida controversa (wedding cake tree)

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, the Himalayas and Japan. It is a deciduous tree growing to 50 ft (15 m), with multiple tiered branches. Flat panicles of white flowers appear in summer, followed by globose black fruit. The leaves turn a rich red-purple in autumn. It is cultivated in gardens and parks in temperate regions

* A gorgeous tree with horizontal branches creating a tiered effect, accentuated by the masses of small near-white flowers on every branch; fruit a blue-black berry;shiny leaves turn red in fall; resistant to anthracnose; native to China and Japan

Cornus Controversa is a deciduous Tree growing to 15 m (49ft) by 15 m (49ft). 
It is hardy to zone 5. It is in flower from Jun to July, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.

Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Woodland Garden Canopy

Edible Uses 
Edible Parts: Fruit; Oil.
Edible Uses: Oil.

The leaves are used in folk remedies to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
Other Uses
The fruit provides an oil used in the lubricating and soap industry.

Cultivation details 
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in any soil of good or moderate fertility, ranging from acid to shallow chalk. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in full sun or light shade. A very ornamental plant, it is hardy to about -20°c. This species is unusual in having alternate leaves whilst almost all other members of this genus have opposite leaves. Closely related to C. alternifolia. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus.

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame or in an outdoors seedbed if there is sufficient seed. The seed must be separated from the fruit flesh since this contains germination inhibitors. Stored seed should be cold stratified for 3 - 4 months and sown as early as possible in the year. Scarification may also help as may a period of warm stratification before the cold stratification. Germination, especially of stored seed, can be very slow, taking 18 months or more. Prick out the seedlings of cold-frame sown seeds into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow the plants on for their first winter in a greenhouse, planting out in the spring after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe side shoots, July/August in a frame. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, taken with a heel if possible, autumn in a cold frame. High percentage. Layering of new growth in June/July. Takes 9 months

Botanical Name: Cornus controversa
Common Name:Giant Dogwood
Minimum Hardiness Zone: 5

Specimen Tree
Flowering Tree
Fall Color
Ornamental Fruit




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