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
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
Pricing & Availability
Symphoricarpos albusAlso known as:
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.
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
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.
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
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
|Species||Symphoricarpos albus||common snowberry|