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Cornus canadensis

Cornus canadensis

Uniquely whorled foliage, stunning flowers, and bright fruits!


Are you looking for a beautiful, flowering ground cover for your garden or flowerbed that will attract butterflies and human admirers? Look to the Cornus canadensis aslo known as bunchberry or creeping dogwood. This native North American Plant is different from the Cornus (Dogwood) trees, but when it flowers it is a clear relative. It grows in dense green umbrella shaped bunches, each topped with a small white flower. Standing three to eight inches high, and spreading two to three feet across, the plant will create a beautiful carpet year round. Small white flowers of four petals each show up late spring and last through late summer, when non-edible scarlet berries (clusters of 10) take their place. When the weather begins to turn, so too will the bunchberry leaves. Watch leaves turn deep red and fade to yellow. The plant does not lose all of its leaves and will look good year round.

The ideal place for bunchberry is a shady woodland area with moist or boggy, slightly acidic soil. Enrich the soil with peat or humus to ensure proper soil condition when planting. This beautiful plant spreads via rhizomes. The low maintenance, semi-salt tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant perennial does well in cool climates, zones 3-7, and is hardy to zone 2. For a beautiful, interesting ground cover, you cannot go wrong with the bunchberry.