'CREEPING DOGWOOD' Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade. Prefers moist, organically rich, acidic soils in part shade including sun-dappled conditions in close to full shade. Avoid dry soils. Winter hardy to USDA Zones 2-6. Best performance is in cool to cold climates in the shade of trees and shrubs. Plants generally do not perform well in the hot summer conditions found in the central to southern parts of the U.S. south of USDA Zone 6. Intolerant of foot traffic.
Cornus canadensis, commonly known as Dwarf Cornel or Bunchberry, is a shrubby, deciduous, ground cover that typically grows to 4- 9” tall and spreads in the landscape by creeping rhizomes. This dwarf species of dogwood produces the same shaped leaves and flowers found on the flowering dogwood tree except in smaller size. In North America, it is primarily native to forests throughout Canada and the northern U.S.
Conspicuously-veined, glossy-green leaves top the short stems in whorls of 4-6 leaves. Flowers emerge in late-spring and consist of a tiny umbel surrounded by four showy, white bracts. Flowers give way to terminal clusters of bright-red, edible berries which persist on the plant until late fall. Beautiful fall foliage adds another decorative element welcome in the autumn.
Available in 1-gallon pot.
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