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Cornus canadensis - Bunchberry

Sun Exposure: Part Sun, Part Shade, Shade

Soil Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry

Soil Type: Sand-Loam, Loam, Loam-Clay

Height: 0.5 feet

Spread: 3 foot

Blooms: May, June

Root: Rhizome

Habitat: Conifer, mixed wood, and hardwood forests. 

Landscape uses: Shady garden, Woodland planting, Naturalization, Ground cover

Complimentary Plants: Wild Columbine, Virginia Bleubells, White Snakeroot

Wildlife Value: Bees, flies and beetles use the pollen and nectar as nutrition. Birds and small mammals eat the berries.

Seed Origin: Timmins, Ontario

Germination Code: C(60), F


Photo credits: #1 by Walter Siegmund, #2 by Gillfoto, #3 By Ryan Hodnett

Cornus canadensis - Bunchberry

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  • This dogwood is the smallest of the Cornus species that mainly consists of shrubs and small trees. In late spring, the plant produces white dogwood like flowers. In midsummer, after the plant blooms, it produces bright red berries that stand out in sharp contrast to the greens and browns of the forest floor. This plant spreads out slowly to form a groundcover, but is not aggressive. 

    Bunchberry's rather flexible soil and site requirements means that it can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including conifer, mixed wood, and hardwood forests. It can grow in a variety of shaded habitats, including dry to moist woods of all types, bogs, swamps, and rocky slopes.

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