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Cultural Details for Cornus controversa

Common Name:
Giant Dogwood

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:
30-45' under cultivation; up to 60' in the wild

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Creamy white flowers borne in flat-topped, 3-7" diameter cymes, May-June

Fruit Details:
0.25", Changes color from reddish to purple or blue-black in August-September.

Fall Color:
May turn red/purple, but not outstanding.

Bark Details:

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
Japan, China. Introduced 1880

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Zone 5-7, neither heat nor drought tolerant. Part shade to full sun. Acidic well-drained soils, but tolerant to clay, loam or sand.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.