Cornus unalaschkensis (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.