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Snowberry (Common)

Snowberry is a native plant to most of the U.S. and it is a unique addition to any landscape!  This hearty shrub tolerates poor soils and is also drought tolerant, once established.  Its native habitats include wooded hillsides and rocky, open slopes.  Snowberry develops tiny clusters of pink flowers at the end of its wiry branches, which are scattered with light green ovate leaves.   Like its namesake, snowberry produces white berries adding a unique element to your woodland garden or landscape border.  This shrub typically matures to approximately 3-6’ tall and wide, providing food and shelter for a variety of wildlife including birds and small mammals.

Snowberry attracts a variety of gardeners due to its expansive qualities.  It is easy to care for and adaptable to a variety of soil conditions.  It also helps with controlling erosion on slopes.  Its unique white berries and beautiful flowers make it attractive as an ornamental shrub or if developing your backyard ecosystem is your goal, then this shrub has you covered!  With so many qualities, Snowberry is a great choice for almost any gardener!

*Ornamental – Not for human consumption. 

Plant Details +

Botanical Symphoricarpos albus
Common Name Snowberry
Height 3-6'
Spacing 3-6'
Hardiness Zones 3-7
Exposure Full Sun to partial shade
Foliage Large, toothed or irregularly lobed
Flower Pink
Fruit White fruit in fall (Ornamental – Not for human consumption)
Bloomtime Mid Summer

General Information +

General Characteristics: Snowberry is unique because few shrubs produce white berries! Hummingbirds love the flowers, and in the fall the white berries are an excellent food source for birds. The berries hang on all season, so they offer winter and spring landscape interest.

Tip: Fertilizer: Apply a balanced fertilizer every other year. Pruning: Prune back in the spring to promote more flowers. Remove diseased or damaged branches, as needed.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Moisture: Water regularly and keep the soil moist until the plant is established. Once established, it is tolerant of dry spells.

Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. 2. Set the plant crown (where the top meets the roots) 1-2” deep, make sure 4-5” of the top shows above the soil surface. 3. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Fertilize when planting.

Pests or Diseases: Allow more space for air circulation if your region is prone to powdery mildew.