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Cornus canadensis

Common Name(s):
Bunchberry
Categories:
Groundcover, Native Plants, Wildflowers
Comment:

Low-growing deciduous shrubby groundcover with leaves and flowers similar to the familiar Cornus florida dogwood tree but smaller. Native to mixed forests in Canada and northern US, in Appalachians to Virginia, it grows from spreading rhizomes. Bright red berries in late summer persist into fall.

Season:
Early summer
Height:
2-10 in.
Foliage:
Whorl of six oval-shaped leaves; 1-3 in. long
Flower:
Four white bracts surround the center cluster of greenish, non-showy flowers; tight cluster of red berries
Zones:
2-6
Habit:
Deciduous
Exposure:
Part shade
Fruit:
Red berries
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
groundcover

NCCES plant id: 2539

Cornus canadensis Cornus canadensis
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Cornus canadensis Cornus canadensis berries
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Cornus canadensis C. canadensis forest growth habit
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