Cornus canadensis

Low growing member of the Cornaceae family that remains evergreen in most of the Pacific Northwest. Bunchberry is a petite slow growing rhizomatous groundcover, with 4-7 large leaves that whorl around the top of a short stem and forming a carpet-like mat. The inflorescence is a small cluster of 15-20 tiny purplish-white flowers subtended by four petal-like bracts, giving the appearance of one large flower. Fruit ripens into a tight cluster of coral berry-like drupes.  Blooms in the summer between May and July, depending on location. In the fall, the leaves have red tinted veins and turn completely red.

Plant Details

Mature Height2-8"
Shade Preference
Soil Tolerance Moist well-drained soils
Special Uses Attracts birds.
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