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Labrador Tea vs Bunchberry

Rhododendron groenlandicum (Ledum groenlandicum)

Cornus canadensis

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Labrador Tea
Bunchberry

Labrador Tea is slow-growing evergreen shrub native to the boreal forests of Canada.

It thrives in wet, swampy conditions.

Labrador Tea has narrow, leathery, dark green leaves, topped by a cluster of white flowers in the spring. It is a perfect ornamental shrub for boggy, wet areas of your property.

The Bunchberry, or Quatre-Temps as it is commonly known in Quebec, is an excellent ornamental plant to have in your garden. With star-shaped white flowers in spring and clusters of bright red berries in the fall, this is one of the most refined and hardy groundcovers available. The foliage has ornamental value, with leaves going from a deep green in the spring and summer to a beautiful brick-red in the fall.

Bunchberry is a spreading evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. This plant is not well suited for urban areas close to streetsides, as it is quite intolerant to pollution. It is Canada’s national flower.

According to a poll done by the Master Gardeners of Ontario, it is one of the most recognizable Canadian flowers.

Its flowers grow with elastic petals and "fire" its pollen with the force of 2000-3000 times the force of gravity.

LABRADOR TEA QUICK FACTS

BUNCHBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 1b
Height: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Height: 0.2 m (0.6 ft)
Spread: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Spread: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: any
Light: any
Fall colour: rust orange
Fall colour: brick red
Berries: small, red
Flavor: sweet
Harvest: August/September
Flowers: white, fragrant
Flowers: white
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: slightly toxic if ingested