Cornus canadensis

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Bunchberry, Dwarf Cornel, Quatre-Temps, Crackerberry, Creeping Dogwood, Canadian Cornel, Canadian Dwarf Cornel, Canadian Bunchberry
    Synonyms: Chamaepericlymenum canadense, Cornella canadensis
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 2 - 6
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - July
    Status: Native

Cornus canadensis, or Bunchberry, is native to the northern tier of states in the United States, and also extends into the Rocky Mountain states. It grows in moist to wet areas, like swamp margins, wet woods, and bogs, growing in cool, acidic soil. It blooms in late spring to early summer with bright white flowers; a group of red berries follow.

This species is one of a group of small plants in the genus - most are the large Dogwood trees that most are familiar with, but a group of 3 species has very short plants that are forbs. They only grow about 4 - 7 inches high and have a single set of evergreen leaves arranged in a whorl. The other species are Cornus suecica and Cornus unalaschkensis. More information will be posted later on differentiating them.

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