Common Name: Giant dogwood, wedding cake tree
Origin/Ecology: Native to China, the Himalayas and Japan.
Habit: Deciduous tree growing to 15 m, with multiple horizontal tiered branches.
Leaves: Ovate dark green leaves (3-6″ long) are glaucous beneath. Fall colour is variable but usually not showy, ranging from at best a respectable red-purple to a more typical pale green and yellow.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate.
Flowers and Fruit: Small, creamy-white flowers appear in flattened clusters (cymes to 3-7″ wide) in late spring (May-June). Flowers give way to clusters of bluish-black fruits (drupes to 1/2″) that mature in late summer. Fruits are attractive to birds.
Water Use, Soil: Grown in acidic, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Provide consistent moisture and mulch root zone.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade.
Landscape Uses: Lawn tree, specimen plant.
Limitations: Susceptible to leaf spot, root rot and canker. Scale, leaf miner and borers are occasional pests.
Other Features: Tolerates deer. Resistant to twig blight.