Diagnostic Characters: Oval leaves are opposite with smooth or wavy-toothed margins; sometimes hairy on the undersides; often larger and irregularly lobed on sterile shoots. Flowers are small, pink to white bells in dense, few-flowered clusters. Fruit are white berry-like drupes containing two nutlets.
Snowberry bushes, also known as waxberry or ghostberry, are native to North America. They are deciduous shrubs meaning they lose their leaves in the winter just like many trees. Most have white berries which is the source of its names, snowberry, waxberry and ghostberry. Each Read more
Snowberry, any of about 18 species of low shrubs belonging to the genus Symphoricarpos of the family Caprifoliaceae. All are native to North America except for one species in central China. All have bell-shaped, pinkish or white flowers and two-seeded berries.
Afterward, it tolerates dry spells. Common snowberry doesn't need annual fertilization but will appreciate an application of balanced fertilizer every other year or so.
The common snowberry blooms into a dainty pink flower during the spring and summer seasons. Although the fruit may look a bit temping to eat, it is not edible. The common snowberry is high in saponins, which are mildly toxic to humans and pets, but Read more
Wildlife Value: Snowberry is useful to pollinators as a host and food plant. The flowers attract Anna's and rufous hummingbirds, as well as various insects including bees.
Most rhizomes grow between 2 to 6 inches (5-15 cm) below the soil surface, but rhizomes can be found at any depth from 0.75 to 14 inches (2-35 cm) below ground (Pelton 1953). Western snowberry rhizomes grow at greater soil depths under areas that have Read more
Snowberry flowers are self-fertile and only one plant is needed for bountiful fruiting.
Plant outside in early autumn or spring. Container grown plants can be planted out at any reasonable time of year. Snowberries will grow almost anywhere in sun or shade and in almost any type of well-drained soil, even poor soils. The best berries are produced Read more
Snowberry will naturally spread into dense thickets. If you wish to control the spread, set up a system similar to that of the bamboo rhizome barrier. A sheet of special thick plastic is buried around the plant to keep roots from spreading.
Its dainty pinkish flowers are also attractive. Common Snowberry spreads by root suckers and is best given plenty of space to create a wild thicket. It tolerates poor soil and neglect. It is great for controlling erosion on slopes, riparian plantings, for restoration and mine Read more
While common snowberry shrubs (Symphoricarpos albus) may not be the most beautiful or best-behaved shrubs in the garden, they have features that keep them interesting throughout most of the year. The berries are the showiest feature of the shrub and last well into winter.
Snowberry bushes, also known as waxberry or ghostberry, are native to North America. They are deciduous shrubs meaning they lose their leaves in the winter just like many trees. They range in height from 3 to 6 feet and 3 to 6 feet in width. Read more
Plant snowberries in full sun or partial shade. The shrubs are found naturally along stream banks and in swampy thickets, but they thrive in dry areas as well. Bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds are attracted to the shrub. They also do well in exposed areas Read more
Snowberrys should be repotted in spring as the buds are starting to open.
Habitat preferences. Full sun to partial shade. Warm, dry slopes and forests, or warm, moist slopes, or riparian benches and terraces.
Keep the soil moist until the plant is established. Afterward, it tolerates dry spells. Common snowberry doesn't need annual fertilization but will appreciate an application of balanced fertilizer every other year or so. Prune regularly to remove diseased and damaged parts of the shrub.
Snowberries are rated for USDA plant hardiness zones 2 through 7. Snowberries are an asset in wildlife gardens where they provide food and shelter for birds and small mammals. Bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds are attracted to the shrub. They also do well in exposed Read more
There may be even room for a scraggly shrub such as snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) which produces showy white berries as the leaves depart for the winter. Snowberry is a clump- and sometimes thicket-forming deciduous shrub of the honeysuckle family that grows about 6 feet tall Read more
Snowberries are an asset in wildlife gardens where they provide food and shelter for birds and small mammals. Bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds are attracted to the shrub. They also do well in exposed areas where they tolerate strong winds.
The common snowberry is high in saponins, which are mildly toxic to humans and pets, but very beneficial for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Saponins is a toxic compound that is present in soapwort and creates foam when shaken or mixed with water.
Place the cuttings in nursery pots, in cutting or seedling soil mix. Keep the cuttings outdoors, sheltered from direct sun, and ensure constant moisture in the substrate. Transplant to the ground in the following spring, or in a larger pot and wait for one more Read more
Planting snowberry Indifferently, spring or fall but avoid freezing or sweltering hot weather to plant. Favor rather sun-endowed spots, or with light shade, since snowberry is naturally found in forest underbrush. Water regularly over the 1st year after planting.
It is native to North America and hardy in zones 3 to 7. Though it may lack a refined growth habit, snowberry is deer resistant and suited to natural plantings, bird gardens and hillside plantings for erosion control.
Are the white berries on common snowberries poisonous? A: The round, white berries on the common snowberry (Symphoricarpos alba) have saponins in them, which are toxic but poorly absorbed by the body and tend to pass through and cause little harm.
Planting. Plant western snowberry in full sun to a partially sunny spot. Preferring a slightly alkaline soil pH of 6.6 to 8.0, the snowberry will adapt to most soil conditions and will grow in clay, loam or sandy soils.
Phenology: Bloom time: May-August; Fruit ripens: September-October, persisting through winter. Propagation: Stratify seeds warm for 90 days, then stratify for 180 days at 40º (4º C), or sow as soon as seeds are ripe in a cold frame.
Snowberry (Symphoricarpos spp.)- Powdery Mildew. Symptoms White to gray powdery growth on the surface of leaves. Leaves may be deformed if infected when not fully expanded.
The common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) is a deciduous shrub that produces pink flowers and white fruit. It's a great addition to many types of gardens and is a showy, globe shape for the landscape.
The fruits of western snowberry are edible raw or cooked. They are insipid, and are best if cooked. A famine food, they are only used when all else fails. An infusion of the leaves has been used as a wash for weak and inflamed eyes.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.
Symphoricarpos (snowberry) Encourage new plants to produce thick, bushy growth by cutting back the spring after planting to 30cm. Thereafter, little or no pruning is necessary other than the removal of any misplaced or crossing branches to maintain a permanent, healthy framework.