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Symphoricarpos albus

Common snowberry /

This old fashioned, deciduous shrub forms a neat thicket with arching branches. June flowers are small, white to pink colored and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Pure white berries last into winter and native birds devour them. Easy to grow and tolerant of all but very wet soils.

Benefits

  • Provides dense cover and nesting for birds and small mammals
  • Great nectar source for butterflies and native insects
  • Birds, game birds and small mammals love its profuse berries
  • Easy to grow and tolerant of most soils
  • Great for massing and naturalizing
  • A critical host for the Sphinx Moth

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best fruit production occurs in full sun. Adapts to a wide range of soils. Prune as needed in late winter to early spring.Plants will spread forming a dense thicket.


Height
3-5 Feet

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Spread
4-6 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-10

Native Range

Well-drained soils from Alaska south into California and east across the US with the exception of the gulf states, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arizona and Nevada

Native Trivia

The berries of this plant are poisonous to ingest for humans but they have a history of use to rub on sores and burns to help healing. Early Americans called them Corpseberry due to their white color and thought they were food for ghosts.


"These shrubs form thickets that help protect me while providing nectar to my butterfly friends"

Good Companions
Vine Maple (Acer circinatum)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Medium to Tall Shrubs
  • Small Shrubs
Exposure
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade
  • Sun
Soil
  • Acidic
  • Humus-rich
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Dry
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
  • Mammals
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Summer
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Dry Shade
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Forest
Foliage Color
  • Green
Uses
  • Cut or dried flower
  • Erosion control
  • Hedge, screen
  • Mass plant
  • Naturalizes
  • Ornamental fruit
  • Wind tolerant
Native to
  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming