bunchberry Cornaceae Cornus
|Leaf: Opposite (almost appearing whorled in a group of 4 to 6), simple, 2 to 3 inches long, (leaves lower on the stem much smaller and almost scale-like) arcuately veined, entire margin, dark green above, paler below, very short petiole.
Flower: Species is monoecious; very small, white, surrounded by 4 large, white petal-like bracts, similar to flowering dogwood but smaller, appearing in late spring.
Fruit: Bright red berry in a tight cluster, each 1/3 inch across, terminal clusters occur on a slender stem, ripen in late summer.
Twig: Barely woody except at the base, green.
Form: Very short, 4 to 6 inches tall ending in a cluster of 4 to 6 leaves.
Looks like: teaberry
| Additional Range Information:
Cornus canadensis is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting bunchberry.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson