Native Sod: Bunchberry
Cornus canadensis or Chamaepericlymenum canadensis
Also known as creeping dogwood, bunchberry native sod is a ground cover found naturally in moist and shady wooded areas. As early as May, bunchberry produces blossoms consisting of a cluster of tiny greenish flowers surrounded by four creamy white bracts. However, the bracts are often mistaken for flower petals. Thereafter, the flowers fade and in late summer to early fall are replaced by clusters of bright red berries enjoyed as a food source by birds and other wildlife.
The botanical name for bunchberry had long been Cornus canadensis. But around 2017, many of the plant names in the Cornus family were changed. As a result of those changes, the botanical name for bunchberry became Chamaepericlymenum canadensis.
About Bunchberry Native Sod
Bunchberry native sod prefers part to full shade, but it will tolerate a small amount of morning sun. This plant is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 2 through 6, so keep your zone in mind.
Acidic soil with a pH of 6.8 or lower is required for bunchberry to grow. Therefore, it will not tolerate alkaline soil at all. In order to keep the soil cool and moist, mulch with peat moss or pine needles. When preparing the planting area, we recommend adding compost and peat moss to provide a loose, humus-rich soil that retains moisture well.
Bunchberry native sod is sold by the square foot and each piece measures approximately 16″ x 24″. Whether you’re a landscape architect, contractor, or homeowner, New England Pro Greens and Turf can supply native bunchberry sod for you to install. If you aren’t able to install it yourself, then we can install it for you! Call us at 888-934-5999 for further information or to place an order.
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New England Pro Greens and Turf can also supply Lowbush Blueberry, Huckleberry, Hay-Scented Fern, Haircap Moss, and Interrupted Fern native sods. If you’re interested in a type of native sod you don’t see here, then contact us! We just may be able to provide it.
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