Cornus controversa ‘June Snow’

giant dogwood

  • © J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

  • © J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

  • © J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

Outstanding Qualities

Cornus controversa 'June Snow' has a distinctive and strongly horizontal branching structure. The layered branches are covered with clusters of frothy 6-inch white flowers in June and blue-black fruit clusters in autumn. Fall foliage color ranges from orange to red and plum reds. In the winter the layered branches are reminiscent of a tiered layer cake.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 40 ft. 0 in. (12.19 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 40 ft. 0 in. (12.19 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering in well drained soil, clay, or sandy soil

Seasonal Interest: autumn color

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: purple, bronze

Great Color Partners: gold, orange

Culture Notes
Plant this striking tree in a moist, well-drained soil with light or open shade. It can be adaptable to sandy soils and clay with regular watering during dry weather. As it is noted for its beautifully layered, low branches, it should be planted where it has plenty of room to spread. The lovely layered form can easily be ruined by pruning. Consult an experienced pruner or take local classes before attempting to prune.