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Cornus canadensis

Bunchberry, Crackerberry, Dwarf Dogwood

Main interest:
native, early bloomer, ground cover, shade loving, very hardy, beautiful foliage and white flowers, red edible berries, beneficial for wildlife species, fall colour
partial to full shade
Soil humidity:
moist soil
Flower colour:
bright white
Flowering period:
May to July
bright to dark green
USDA Hardiness:
zone 2a: -45.5 °C (-50 °F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 8 in (20 cm) width: 12 in (30 cm)
shade garden, border, mass planting, naturalization, pollinator garden

Bunchberry (Dwarf Dogwood) is a very short, deciduous shrub that is best used as a native ground cover. The cheerful foliage is glossy, oval shaped, bright to dark green, and prominently veined. The leaves change to maroon / wine-red in the fall. The eloquent flowers are tiny, yellowish and assembled in green clusters that have bright white, star-shaped leaf bracts. The blooms appear between May and July. Cornus canadensis produces bright red, edible berries in the late summer.

This native is naturally found in cool, moist, deciduous, and coniferous forests with rich organic soil. Bunchberry, also known as Crackerberry or Quatre-temps, can produce breath-taking displays when well established as a ground cover in a suitable area. It thrives best in partial to full shade. Bunchberry is beneficial for local pollinators and native wildlife species.

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Synonym(s): Chamaepericlymenum canadense

Also known as: Quatre-temps, Bunchberry Dogwood, Canadian Bunchberry, Creeping Dogwood, Canadian Dwarf Cornel, Canada Bunchberry

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