Giant Dogwood 'Variegata'

Cornus controversa

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: controversa (kon-troh-VER-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Fulton, Maryland

Helena, Montana

Kalispell, Montana

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Salem, Oregon

Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Concrete, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 7, 2014, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

I've had my variegated dogwood tree for 5+ years. I had given up on it ever blossoming but to my delight I spotted 2 blooms today. It is located in a mostly bright shade area on the edge of a woodland area. This area is developed with rhodies, hydrangea and daylillies, as well as other plants. It has finally grown to a height where it receives more sun at the top, the bottom being completely shaded by a large rhodie. It has developed into a most beautiful form with the tiers becoming more evident. From across the large lawn the variegation gives it the softest shade of pale moss against all the darker greens, bringing light to this shady spot. The first few years it developed brown leaf margins on the lower half of the tree. I watered like crazy thinking the evergreen trees were ta... read more


On Mar 24, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This unusual Dogwood is prized in its native china and Japan for its horizontally-held branches and variegated leaves edged in creamy white. 'Variegata' is very dramatic in the landscape, adding cool color and fascinating texture to the garden. Easy to grow in well-drained soil, it is a superb specimen planting, border focal point, or accent.

The branches are very striking in winter, standing out boldly in the bleak landscape. In early spring the foliage uncurls with rich cream edging on every mid-green leaf. This variegation remains even after the warm summer weather arrives, making a nice change of pace from solid-colored foliage.

In late spring the branches are covered in single white blooms, quite showy, over several weeks. These are followed by small frui... read more