June Snow giant dogwood

Cornus controversa 'June Snow'

A unique tree with a horizontal branching structure. Flat topped clusters of small creamy white flowers that cover the tree like snow in June yield blue-black fruit clusters in the fall. Dark green leaves turn to a brilliant range of orange through burgundy in the fall.

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: 6 feet

Mature Height: 35-40 feet

Mature Spread: 30-35 feet

Tree Shape: Horizontally layered, spreading. Will grow taller in shady conditions.

Where to Plant:
A great garden specimen or in a wide, partly sunny planting strip with no overhead wires.   

Dark green above and light green below with parallel venation. They turn lovely shades of orange to burgundy in the fall.

Flat topped clusters of small creamy white flowers in June.

Clusters of ¼" blue-black berries enjoyed by wildlife.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Part sun to light or open shade. Moist but well drained soil.

Potential Problems:
No serious insect or disease problems.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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