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botanical name:
Cornus controversa
Cornus controversa © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Wedding Cake Tree
synonyms:  Swida controversa
family:  Cornaceae
characteristics: tree
height: 15.00m
width: 15.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: rounded
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: black
stem/bark: brown
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -20°C
USDA zone: 6 to 8
Round headed deciduous tree with spreading, horizontally tiered branches. Alternate, elliptic, glossy dark green leaves, glaucous underneath, turning rich red and purple in autumn. Large flatish cymes of creamy white flowers in early summer, followed by blue-black fruits.

Grow best in well drained fertile soil, preferably neutral to acid.
Grows about 30cm per year.

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