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Symphoricarpos albus

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Symphoricarpos albus

Common Snowberry, Waxberry

Community: Mountain

Brief Description

Enchanting white berries make small shrub wintertime display. Full details »
  • Attractive Winter Berries
  • Lovely Understory Shrub
  • Good Bank Stabilizer
  • Bird Feed, Cover

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Plant Description and Details

White as snow and puffy like mini-marshmallows, eye-catching berries dot the otherwise naked Snowberry bushes in the fall and winter. In the early summer, diminuitive pink, bell-shaped flowers appear. These lovely, rounded bushes will spread by roots to create thickets, so plant where you need streambank (or cutbank) stabilization, wildlife cover, or low underbrush for a not-so-dry area. Food source for wild birds.
Common Names Common Snowberry, Waxberry
Community Mountain
Annual Water Needs 15-20 inches
Drought Tolerant No
Native Range Moist Areas, streamsides, no extreme shade, no very dry areas.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, OR, UT, WA
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun - Shade
Placement Specimen shrub, bushy thicket.
Mature Height 2 - 4 ft.
Mature Width 4 ft.
Group Spacing 2-8 ft.
Blossom Color Pink
Blooms Early Summer
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Give it a place where it can spread out and form a bushy thicket. Leaves often get mildew in summer, but it does not hurt the plant.
Wildlife Notes Bird and rodent food, deer browse.
Plants Symbol SYAL
Family Name Caprifoliaceae
Lewis & Clark Yes

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