|BUNCHBERRY, AKA DWARF CORNEL, FLOWER AND LEAVES...|
|...EDIBLE BERRIES RIPEN IN JULY. NOTE THE VEINED, TOOTHLESS, OPPOSITE LEAVES|
|HUGE PATCH OF BUNCHBERRY ON BLOOM ROAD|
Bunchberry, AKA dwarf cornel, Cornus canadensis, in the Dogwood Family, is a circumpolar plant of damp coniferous forests. It is a woody sub-shrub that grows less than a foot tall and spreads by stolens into large mats.
In the right habitat it makes a fine ground cover. Its white flowers are much like the flowering dogwood of the South, but smaller, and the edible red berries are very similar. Fall leaf color is purple to red. Cornus species berries are edible; and one, Cornus mas, cornelean cherry, an Asiatic shrub, has berries very good for jams and jellies.
There is a very large colony of bunchberry growing along a side road off of Highway K in Bayfield County. This would be a good plant for more nurseries to grow.
This dwarf doogwood always reminds me of the wonderful flowering dogwood of the eastern and southern US, Cornus florida. It is almost a miniature of that beautiful tree.