Bunchberry, Bunchberry Dogwood Cornus canadensis

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Botanical Name:

Cornus canadensis







Common Name:

Bunchberry, Bunchberry Dogwood

1 foot
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  • Cornus canadensis

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: warm stratify for 60 days, cold stratify for 180 days.
Germination: Sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Cornus canadensis is a slow growing perennial herbaceous subshrub growing 10–20 cm tall, forming a carpet-like mat. The above ground shoots rise from slender creeping rhizomes that are placed 2.5–7.5 cm deep in the soil, and form clonal colonies under trees.
* The fruits look like berries but are drupes . The drupes are green, globose round in shape and turn bright red at maturity in late summer, each fruit is 5 mm in diameter and contains typically one or two ellipsoid-ovoid shaped stones.
* Cornus canadensis is native to Northern China, far eastern Russia, Japan and North America in montane coniferous forests, where it is found growing along the margins of moist woods, on old tree stumps, in mossy areas and amongst other open and moist habitats, it's a mesophytic species that needs cool moist soils. more...
* The fruit is rich in pectin. A good dense ground cover plant, growing well in light woodland. It takes a little while to settle down and needs weeding for the first few years but becomes rampant when established and can then spread 60 - 90cm per year. more...
* A prostrate deciduous groundcover with dark green leaves in summer, red in fall; attractive white bracts; likes cool, moist, acid soil; native to cool areas in much of the U.S.
* Comments from a customer: Thought you might like to know I got 50% germination on your Cornus Canadensis seeds within 30 days by scarifying the seeds, soaking overnight in a GA 3 solution and warm stratifying.