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Cornus canadensis

A lush carpet-like groundcover is created by whorls of deeply veined, rich green leaves. Showy white flowers among the foliage are followed by clusters of bright red berries in fall. Well-suited to the dappled shade of woodland gardens. A great choice for naturalized areas and for edging shaded pathways. An herbaceous perennial.
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Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Keep soil moist to wet.


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Botanical PronunciationKOR-nus kan-a-DEN-sis
LoreThe fruit of Bunchberry was used by many Native American tribes within its range for both food and as a pectin-rich medicinal.
Average Size at MaturityReaches only 6 to 12 in. tall, spreading widely by underground rhizomes.
Bloom TimeLate Spring
Design IdeasA perfect American native to fill out landscaping under trees. Use as a naturalized groundcover beneath groves of evergreen and deciduous species. Works as an excellent edging for along sidewalks and flagstone paths. Nestles boulders and outcroppings as well as rock waterfalls. An ideal choice for wild gardens and habitat, as well as easing transition from the cultivated landscape to natural open space.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Edging, Hillside, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Edible, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Showy Fruit, Benefits Birds
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist to wet.
Companion PlantsBirch (Betula); Chokeberry (Aronia); Sweet Flag (Acorus); (Clethra (Clethra); Serviceberry (Amelanchier); Wintergreen (Gaultheria)

Thrives in organically rich, acidic, moist, well-drained soils in cool northern regions; does not tolerate hot, humid environments. Space 2 ft. to 3 ft. apart as groundcover; closer for faster coverage. Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area. Remove old, faded foliage in late winter before new growth emerges.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 2-7

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