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Wedding cake tier tree.


I’m hoping someone can point me in the right direction before I buy this particular tree….If I remember correctly,Sheilabub does have one?……..I thought it would be a good present for a couple who are marrying soon.They have a large garden.
There must be a few different types……which one to choose?
Many thanks.

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The variegated one is the nicest. It does get to quite a size, and is tricky to prune, so they will need a good sized space. Cornus controversa variegata. Gorgeous!

13 Feb, 2015


Md I do have this one in my garden its still small but very beautiful.

What a lovely idea for a wedding gift.

13 Feb, 2015


I agree.....Cornus controversa variegata. I love that tree although, mine is doing nothing over the years.....but the specimens I have seen around the Island are breathtaking. I think it is a great idea for a wedding present if they have a large garden. They can watch it to grow and prosper (as their marriage) and will always remind them of this day.
Just a note that these trees grow very wide.

13 Feb, 2015


Mine is still small one and half feet.

I may even lift and try to bonsia in a pot since its still small.

13 Feb, 2015


Yes, it takes a few years to get going, but once it starts tiering it quickly needs a lot of space. One of the things I lve about it is the dark mahogany colour of the winter stems. beautiful in sunshine.

13 Feb, 2015


I can also recommend Exchorda " The Bride" Julia although the Cornus is magnificent !

13 Feb, 2015


There is cornus controversa 'Variegata' (the tree) which can get to thirty feet, also cornus alternifolia 'Argentea' (the shrub) which reaches a more manageable ten feet (both dimensions from Bluebell Nursery website).
If you enter 'Foliage garden' in the GOY search box, the top entry is one of my blogs which has a photo of the shrub.

13 Feb, 2015


Firstly,thank you everyone for giving me your suggestions......that's what GOY is all about.....I shall now go away to investigate and decide.......Rose,the Exchordia is a thought as well......Andrew many thanks for directing me to your blog......was able to have a good look at it......superb planting,by the way.

14 Feb, 2015


We bought the Cornus contr variegata a few years ago it is very slow growing and takes quite a time for the layers, it can be pruned but a bit tricky, a lovely tree to buy though, it is growing in our circle, I put a picture on the other day with the grasses.....

16 Feb, 2015


Thanks DD.....not quite sure whether the pruning would be difficult for them,not being gardeners.

17 Feb, 2015


Hi Julia

I have cornus controversia variagata in my garden! It is sooooo it love it love it. You may be a little more generous than me..... As its not cheap! - as others have mentioned its slow growing too so unless you find a real bargain your non gardening friends may not realise what a gem you have presented them with. I love the idea and the thought behind this as a gift. If it were me, I would opt for the shrub exchorda the bride as suggested by Rose. It would have more instant appeal and still convey the thought you have put into it. x.

20 Feb, 2015


I do agree R,been thinking about this for awhile.....the only thing about the "Bride" is that it doesn't include the groom(who is our friend) in its name!On the other hand it is a more manageable shrub.Will still do a little more pondering!xx

20 Feb, 2015

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