Table Dogwood tree identification
The Table Dogwood Cornus controversa is native to China, Japan and the Himalayas and was introduced to Britain before 1880. Sometimes grown as the cultivar ‘variegata’ which has green leaves with pale cream margins and is known as the Wedding Cake Tree because of the white flowers and layered appearance of its branches.
Table Dogwood tree identification – alternate, oval leaves with curved veins, flat white heads of flowers in June and black berries in August
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. The Cornelian Cherry Cornus mas is a species of Dogwood, not a Cherry. It is a deciduous tree or shrub, native to southern Europe and south-west Asia. It was cultivated in Britain by 1551, but is now uncommon, being found in only a few collections. It has a cherry-like edible fruit that is used to make jam. It has yellow flowers that come out before the leaves in late winter.