Some ornamental Cornus are renowned for their dramatic tiered structure creating show-stopping trees that are best planted as solo specimen plants so the shape and structure can be appreciated.
The most popular options are shown below:
- alternifolia ‘Argentea’. Silver Pagoda Dogwood. A deciduous multi-stemmed tree or shrub with white-margined mid-green leaves. It has a beautiful layered habit as it develops, although this will grow out in maturity. Cymes of small white flowers in early summer, then blue-black fruit.
- alternifolia ‘Golden Shadows’. Variegated leaves with a broad, yellow edge. Horizontal tiered branching, creamy white flowers from May to early June followed by blue-black fruits.
- contraversa ‘Variegata’ . Wedding Cake Tree. Striking shrub with silver variegated leaves. Rare plant that is usually grafted. Unusual horizontal tiered branches carry broad clusters of cream flowers in May. Deciduous shrub or small tree up to 4 metres.
- contraversa ‘Pagoda’. A small, deciduous tree with dark green leaves turning plum-purple in autumn. Tiered habit, masses of creamy-white flowers in May. Prefers full sun or light shade.Height up to 10m, spread up to 8m