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GIANT DOGWOOD
Cornus controversa

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Photo Locations: Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA

General Notes

Needs ample water. Can become large tree. Showy flowers and fall color. Fruit attracts birds.

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to Asia.

Family: Cornaceae

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a High Canopy.

Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 40 - 60 feet.

Width: 40 - 60 feet.

Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Oval, Dark Green, Red, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Prolific, Black or Mostly Blue Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Winter or Summer.

Bark Red Brown.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 4 - 9, 14 and 18 - 19.

USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 9.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Clay or Loam Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Beetle Borers and Scales, Anthracnose, Phytophthora and Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

None Known Health Hazard.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Birds.

Deer Palatable.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cornus controversa Tree Record." 1995-2017. Dec 11, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/cornus-controversa >

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