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Can anyone recommend a tree that would make a good wedding present?

  • Can anyone recommend a tree that would make a good wedding present?

I have some friends getting married who are moving into a new house with a fairly empty garden. They like plants and I'd like to get them something special.

Comments (4)

  1. Grower

    Kathy Peck

    How about the Wedding Cake Tree, Cornus Controversa Variegata, lovely specimen tree just wish I had a space for one :-)

  2. Grower

    Bluebell Nursery

    Snap! I was just going to suggest the same thing!

    Cornus controversa 'Variegata' or Cornus alternifolia 'Argentea' both develop a distinct tiered habit reminiscent of a wedding cake.

    The latter is the smaller of the two. It needs a sunny position and
    has creamy, silver variegated leaves. In summer, pretty clusters of white flowers appear on the upper surface of the tiered branches and contrasting beautifully with the variegated leaves.

    With a little help, the unique shape becomes apparent after several years' growth. Look for a strongly growing stem after 2-4 years, perhaps growing at an odd angle but obviously more vigorous than the normal shoots. Train this stem vertically (use a thin bamboo cane or similar) to form the trunk of the tiered structure. Some plants sometimes produce two or even three of these "leaders", in which case remove all but the most central one.

    When mature 'Argentea' will reach 3m high with a spread of 2.5m. 'Variegata' 10m high and 6m spread. The first photo is 'Argentea'.

    Hope that's a help.

    • Can anyone recommend a tree that would make a good wedding present?
    • Can anyone recommend a tree that would make a good wedding present?
  3. Grower

    Joseph Esmond

    Well that's made it a simple choice! Thank you both. The tree looks great.

  4. Grower

    Jim Edwards

    Or large shrub Exochorda Macrantha, the bride.
    Small shrub Spirea Arguta, bridal wreath.


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