Table Dogwood Cornus controversa

The Table Dogwood is native to China, Japan and the Himalayas and was introduced to Britain before 1880. Sometimes known as the Wedding Cake Tree because of the white flowers and layered appearance of its branches. It is rare and only found in a few collections. It is a member of the Dogwood genus Cornus which includes 30 to 60 species found in Eurasia and North America. Many  are grown for their flowers and others for their coloured stems in winter. 

Table Dogwood tree

Tree in flower in May showing the typical layered appearance.

Table Dogwood leaf

The leaf, typical of Dogwoods, has 6 to 9 pairs of veins which curve round to the tip.

Table Dogwood flowers

White flowers just coming out in May.

Table Dogwood flowers

Flowers fully out in June.

Table Dogwood fruit

Fruit in early July.

Table Dogwood fruit

Fruit at the end of July. 

Table Dogwood fruit

Fruit at the end of August

Table Dogwood bark

The bark is smooth with a few vertical pink cracks.