Common Name Snowberry, Common snowbery
Latin Name Symphoricarpos albus
Family Caprifoliaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones A3, 1-11, 14-21 / 3-7
Type / Form Shrub / Medium
Native Habitat North America non-wetlands 0-4,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once to twice per month during hot periods
Exposure Full sun to medium shade
Height X Width Up to 8 feet by 8 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Opposite, simple, deciduous; variable in shape, generally oval, but may have entire or lobed margins (on the same plant); 3/4 to 2 1/2 inches long; green above and paler below.
Flowers Monoecious; perfect, small (1/4 inch), pinkish-white, and bell-shaped; occur in small terminal clusters, appearing in early summer. Fruit round, white, waxy, and berry-like, up to 1/2 inch in diameter, often 3 to 5 per cluster; last well into winter. Inedible and commonly considered TOXIC.
Bark / Roots Tan to grayish brown and often splitting lengthwise on older stems. Twigs slender, smooth, yellow-brown; pith is hollow; opposite branching.
Maintenance Low
Propagation Seeds, rhizomes, cuttings
Pests and diseases  
Landscape uses Barrier, erosion control, foliage accent, fire retardant, borders
Garden Suitability Songbird, Fire Retardant, Ethnobotanical
Nature Value Browsed by game and cattle
Native American Uses Common snowberry fruit was eaten fresh but was not favored by Native Americans. The fruits were also dried for winter use. Common snowberry was used on hair as soap
Links  
    Images and data http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/s/symalb/symalb1.html
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=syal
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos
    Images and data http://green.kingcounty.gov/gonative/Plant.aspx?Act=view&PlantID=36
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/53571/
    Images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=258
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=7895
    Images and data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/symalb/all.html
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/plants/symphoricarpos-albus-laevigatus
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Symphoricarpos+albus+var.+laevigatus
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SYAL
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