Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Cornus unalaschkensis (Bunchberry, Pigeonberry)

 

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Rosidae

Order

 Cornales

Family

 Cornaceae Dogwood family

Genus

 Cornus L. dogwood

Species

 Cornus unalaschkensis Ledeb. western cordilleran bunchberry

A delightful low deciduous dogwood ground cover growing only 2-8" tall and spreading rapidly (as much as 2-3' per year).

The leaves form whorls and are glossy green with whitish undersides.

The flowers are true dogwood flowers - four white bracts surrounding a pincushion of tiny flowerets.

Bunchberry often blooms a second time in the fall.

Red berries form in a cluster in the fall and were used as a food source by Natives.

Bunchberry is being investigated as a treatment for cancer.

Found across North America and northeast Asia, Bunchberry is hardy between USDA zones 2-9.

Bunchberry likes shade and acidic, moist soil, doing well in rotted log material.

        
         
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