With tiered branches that grow in layers up the trunk, it's easy to see how it got its name 'Wedding Cake Tree'.
It looks spectacular grown on its own, as a single feature specimen - but you will need plenty of space around it, so that you can fully appreciate it's unique shape.
This particular variety is 'Variegata' and has lovely bright green leaves with cream margins. As an added bonus, Cornus controversa also carries small, cream flowers in the summer. These are followed by black berries in the autumn, when its leaves turn a warm yellow, before dropping to reveal its winter silhouette.
A tree for all seasons!