Cornus canadensisItem #2764 USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 - 7
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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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.Average Landscape Size:Reaches only 6 to 12 in. tall, spreading widely by underground rhizomes.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:KOR-nus kan-a-DEN-sisDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Reaches only 6 to 12 in. tall, spreading widely by underground rhizomes.Special features:Bird Friendly, Easy Care, Edible, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Showy FruitFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Late SpringFlower color:GreenFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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.Companion PlantsBirch (Betula); Chokeberry (Aronia); Sweet Flag (Acorus); (Clethra (Clethra); Serviceberry (Amelanchier); Wintergreen (Gaultheria)
- CareCare InformationThrives 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.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
- History & LoreHistory:This unique dogwood was first classified in 1774. Plants are distributed over an enormous range from Greenland west to Alaska and south to Minnesota and New Jersey. It can also be found at high elevations of the West.Lore:The fruit of Bunchberry was used by many Native American tribes within its range for both food and as a pectin-rich medicinal.