Dwarf Dogwood (Cornus canadenisis) can be found throughout much of Alaska. This plant grows low to the ground in woodland, tundra and alpine areas. A small white flower blooms in June or July, and small red or orange berries are produced in August or September. These berries cluster close together, and Dwarf Dogwood is sometimes called "Bunchberry" for this reason.
In Valdez, look for Dwarf Dogwood in areas of spruce forest, such as Dock Point Trail.
Photo by Selah Bauer