Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Cornus unalaschkensis (Bunchberry, Pigeonberry)



 Plantae Plants


 Tracheobionta Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants


 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons






 Cornaceae Dogwood family


 Cornus L. dogwood


 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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