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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.

Good Companions
Vine Maple (Acer circinatum)

Characteristics & Attributes

Shade
Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Deer Resistant
Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Small Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Acidic
Humus-rich
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Mammals
Bloom Time
Summer
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