Cornus canadensis

Cornus canadensis

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Description

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Key Information:

Soil: Mesic (Medium). Acidic soil.
Sun: Part Sun – Shade
Height:  3-6″
Bloom Color: White, giving way to a cluster of bright red berries that are quite showy!
Bloom Season: June – July

More Details:

Suggested Uses: Bunchberry is a very nice groundcover for a woodland garden or shoreline planting. It can be found in boreal forests and open bogs. It is often found in wooded parks near lakes and streams and thrives in a cool, damp environment. Buncherry is beautiful all season long. The bright green foliage lasts throughout the summer and the white bracts and red berries keep this plant eye-catching. Fun fact: this flower bursts open from the weight of a pollinator. It bursts in less than a millisecond making it indiscernible to the naked eye and one of the fastest motions attributed to plants.

Native Range: Native to northern-most latitudes in the contiguous U.S. including the northern half of Minnesota.

Pollinators/Habitat: Great food source for birds. Pollinated by bumblebees, long-horn beetles and small ants.

Flowers:  The true flowers are inconspicuous but each flower has four showy, white and beautiful bracts.

Leaves:  Leaves in a whorl around the stem. Prominent veins that are characteristic of Dogwood leaves.

Interesting Facts

Food Uses:  Berries are apparently edible and can be eaten as a trail snack although they do not have much flavor. Eat at your own risk.

Other Names: Bunchberry Dogwood.

More information: USDA plant profile

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Weight 5.0 lbs
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