Cornus controversa is part of the Cornaceae family of plants. They also call it Swida controversa, or Wedding Cake Tree. It is native to the Himalayas, China, Korea, and Japan. It is commonly called Giant Dogwood. It is a deciduous tree. Cornus controversa grows to 15m or 50ft tall. It is a fast grower.
Cornus controversa has dark green leaves. They are ovate and glaucous on the back. They are about 6in or 15cm long. The leaves turn reddish-purple color in autumn. The flower grows in flat panicles. The small flowers are creamy-white. Cornus controversa flowers in the summer. Clusters of black fruit follows the flowers. Cornus controversa fruits attract birds.
How to grow Cornus controversa:
Grow Cornus controversa in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in organically rich, moist, and acidic soil that is well-drained. In very hot climates provide some shade. Cornus controversa does best in cool summer. The flowers attract butterflies. Watch out for leaf spot, root rot, scale, leaf miner.