Plants of New Brunswick: Bunchberry

by Community Forests International on January 17, 2013

Bunchberry Cornus canadensis

Restoration Uses: Bunchberry is a ground cover that grows under the forest canopy.  It’s a beautiful native herb for your food forest garden. Bunchberry also accumulates Cu, Fe, K, Pb, Mn, Mg, P, Ca and Zn in its tissues, holding nutrients within the system preventing leaching. When the plants die back every year, some of these nutrients become available to other plants. Garden Uses: Berries edible. Roots – antispasmodic and antiseptic; Leaves – analgesic and cathartic; Fruits – capillary tonic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.

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