Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Grow Me Instead


Cornus canadensis

About This Species

Zone 2a BC Native

Grow me instead of Common periwinkle, Purple deadnettle, Yellow archangel

Bunchberry is a spreading, mounding groundcover with ribbed leaves and attractive white flowers in the spring. In the summer, bunches of glossy red berries appear. Native to BC, Bunchberry is shade tolerant and enjoys moist, well-drained soils. It is a member of the Cornus (Dogwood) family, which is why it resembles a miniature Dogwood tree! The foliage of Bunchberry turns a lovely bronze/red colour in late summer and early autumn for added seasonal interest.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Consistently moist or wet conditions