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Bunchberry

Cornus canadensis

Pronunciation: KOR-nus kan-a-DEN-sis
SKU #02764
2-7

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OVERVIEW
Description 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.
Light Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Watering Keep soil moist to wet.
Blooms Late Spring
Mature Size Reaches only 6 to 12 in. tall, spreading widely by underground rhizomes.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Herbaceous
Special Features Easy Care, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Showy Fruit, Edible, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Spreading
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Container, Ground Cover, Edging, Hillside
Design Ideas A 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.
Flower Color Green
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Birch (Betula); Chokeberry (Aronia); Sweet Flag (Acorus); (Clethra (Clethra); Serviceberry (Amelanchier); Wintergreen (Gaultheria)
CARE
Care 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.
HISTORY
Lore The fruit of Bunchberry was used by many Native American tribes within its range for both food and as a pectin-rich medicinal.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 2-7

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