The Plant Company

Bringing your garden to life


01403 740100

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The Plant Company
Coolham Road
West Chiltington
West Sussex
RH20 2LH

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Opening times:
Tuesday-Friday, 9:00-17:30.
Closed public holidays.


The Plants

Cornus controversa 'Variegata'

wedding cake tree

Photo of Cornus controversa 'Variegata'


A beautiful, small tree often called 'wedding cake tree', because of its distinctive, horizontal, tiered habit resembling a wedding cake. It has bright green leaves with bold, creamy-white margins which turn rich red and purple in autumn. White clusters of flowers up to 18cm across are borne in early summer followed by round, blue-black fruit. It tolerates dappled shade but will perform best in fertile, moisture-retentive soil in full sun. Caution: Berries may be harmful if eaten.


  • Shrubs

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Foliage: Deciduous

Hardiness: Hardy

Vigour: Medium growing


  • Beds and borders
  • Cottage style garden
  • Specimen

Special features

  • Low maintenance
  • Architectural
  • Berries

Care instructions

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Will tolerate partial shade. When planting incorporate plenty of well-rotted garden compost to improve the soil quality. Do not prune since this would interfere with its graceful, tiered habit.


Size: Large

Pot size: 15 litre

Eventual height: 800cm

Eventual spread: 800cm


  • Light shade
  • Sun


  • South
  • East
  • West

Soil types

  • Sandy
  • Normal
  • Clay

Soil pH ranges

  • Acid
  • Neutral