Bunchberry is native in the far northern portions of the United States, but is rare in Illinois. Its need for acid soils limits its use in Illinois. It is a beautiful ground cover with flowers that resemble those of flowering dogwood.
This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Dogwood
- Family (botanic) Cornaceae
- Tree or plant type Ground cover
- Foliage Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, North America
- Size range Small plant (6-12 inches)
- Light exposure Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago)
- Soil preference Acid soil, Moist, well-drained soil
- Season of interest mid spring, late spring, early summer, midsummer
- Flower color and fragrance White
- Shape or form Creeping
- Growth rate Slow