Improved version of the Cornus controversa. The ‘Pagoda’ also has the habit of growing in levels and can grow out to the same height as the controversa. The difference between them is mainly in the foliage, which is more shiny for the ‘Pagoda’. The leaf is also larger than the controversa’s and it turns a dark green right after sprouting, which accentuates the cream white flowerscreens even better. In autumn and winter, the young twigs turn a darker red color than the controversa.