Snowberry, Common (Symphoricarpos albus): Bundle of 10


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At a Glance: Erect shrub with attractive white berries that persist through the winter.

Height: Up to 6.5 feet (2 meters).
Stems: Very slender, brittle twigs with opposite branching; hairless.
Leaves: Leaves are opposite; leaf margins are smooth to wavy-toothed; shape: elliptic to oval; size: 2-5 cm long, 1-3.5 cm across.
Flowers: Flowers are arranged in small, dense clusters along a raceme or spike; primary color: pink to white; size: 5-7 mm long; shape: bell-shaped.
Flowering Period: May, June, July, August.
Fruits: Fruits are white, berry-like and contain two seeds; persist throughout winter; arranged in dense clusters or singly; size: 6-15 mm across.

Other Comments: Snowberry is readily identified by its white berries that develop in late summer and persist through winter. It is an outstanding conservation species and is adaptable to a wide range of sites, its rhizomatous root system make it a good soil stabilizer, provides wildlife habitat, and is a common riparian species.  It is important to note that the berries are considered to be poisonous (sometimes called Corpse Berry).

Sun/Shade Tolerance Hydrology Elevation Range
Prefers sunny edges or clearings.

 full sun > 80%
 mostly sunny 60%-80%
 partial sun and shade 40%- 60%
 mostly shady 60%-80%
 full shade > 80%
Can tolerate fluctuating water tables.

 low elevation
 mid elevation
 high elevation


Soil Preferences
More common in deciduous than coniferous forest.
 sandy soils
 gravelly soils
 clay soils
 muddy soils
 peaty soils
 well drained soils
 shallow soils
 deep soils
 acidic soils
 basic soils
 humic soils
 nutrient rich soils
 nutrient poor soils
 mineral soils
 organic soils
Wildlife Value
 Nectar for hummingbirds
 Nectar for butterflies
 Host for insect larvae
 Thickets and shelter
 Thorny or protective cover
Birds: The berries are eaten by grosbeaks, waxwings, robins, thrushes, towhees, grouse, pheasants, and quails when other food sources are scarce. Snowberry is often a nesting habitat for gadwall ducks.
Insects: The leaves are eaten by the sphinx moth larvae. Bumblebees and hummingbirds feed on the nectar.
Mammals: Leaves and twigs are browsed by deer. Snowberry provides low shelter and nesting cover for small animals.

Livestock Toxicity: Snowberry fruits contain high levels of alkaloids, which can be toxic to livestock. Consumption can cause moderate to severe toxicity presenting as vomiting, dizziness and a semi-comatose state.