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Symphoricarpos albus

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average, poor, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 3'-6'

Bloom Time: May, June, July

Bloom Color: pink

Leaf Color: green, blue-green

Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts birds, berries, clumping, colonizing, medicinal, mounding, naturalizing, pond margin plant, shade garden plant, showy fruit, stream margin plant

Symphoricarpos albus (common snowberry)
  • Symphoricarpos albus (common snowberry)
  • Symphoricarpos albus (common snowberry)
  • Symphoricarpos albus (common snowberry)
  • Symphoricarpos albus (common snowberry)

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Description

Symphoricarpos albus

Also known as:

common snowberry

,

snowberry

,

white corralberry

Scientific Synonyms:

Symphoricarpos racemosa

Description

Symphoricarpos albus is a multi-stemmed, suckering deciduous shrub, usually growing up to 6 feet tall. The erect stems are slender yet very rigid and resilient, with bright-red new wood. The large leaves are divided and green to blue-green. The flowers are bell-shaped, bright pink, and rather inconspicuous. The showiest attribute of this species, are its 1/2 inch, white berry-like drupes that follow the flowers in terminal clusters, and along the leaf axils. These will eventually turn amber to brown, and persist into fall.

Cultivation

Common snowberry is very easy to grow in all soils and light conditions. It tolerates wet environments along water margins, as well as drier, mesic soils. It spreads rather aggressively, forming thickets via root suckers, less so from seeds. It can be heavily pruned, or cut back hard in late winter. Bloom time is from May to July. Zones 2-8

Propagation

Easily propagated by division. Seed propagation is best achieved from fresh seeds, planted in fall as soon as ripe. Collected seeds will require cold moist stratification to break their dormancy.

Additional Notes

Fruit and roots have been used by Native Americans to treat a multitude of ailments. The hollow rigid stems have been used to make arrow shafts and pipe stems. The fruit are and important food source for birds, and mammals both large and small. The fruit are mildly toxic to humans, and more so to fish.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: KY
  • Threatened: MD

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Dipsacales
Family Caprifoliaceae Honeysuckle family
Genus Symphoricarpos snowberry
Species Symphoricarpos albus common snowberry