bunchberry, Cornus canadensis, dwarf dogwood,, creeping dogwood, dwarf cornel, crackerberry, native wildflower, garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest

Burgundy Bunchberry

On a stroll through Crooked River Provincial Park in Northern BC, I’ve finally found bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) in full autumn glory.

bunchberry, Cornus canadensis, dwarf dogwood,, creeping dogwood, dwarf cornel, crackerberry, native wildflower, garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Before now, I’d only read that the leaves turned burgundy in the fall.

Granted, the color blends in with the soil surrounding it, but the really bright orange of the berries & red of the foliage is striking.

bunchberry, Cornus canadensis, dwarf dogwood,, creeping dogwood, dwarf cornel, crackerberry, native wildflower, garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

In Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, I’ve found the green leaves yellowing through October.  Why no red coloring?

Perhaps the difference between the weather in northern BC & the West Coast is key.   The northern site had already experienced fall frost.  The southern site hadn’t.  Maybe the burgundy color comes only in reaction to a freeze?

bunchberry, Cornus canadensis, dwarf dogwood,, creeping dogwood, dwarf cornel, crackerberry,, native wildflower, garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Bunchberry is ‘circumboreal‘. It occurs throughout Canada, as well as in Greenland, Russia & Asia.
It crosses many plant hardiness zones (2-9). It has a huge range.
Let’s compare:
Where have you seen the leaves turning burgundy?

-30-

See also:

 

 

Advertisements

Comment:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.