snowberry Caprifoliaceae Symphoricarpos
albus (L.) S.F. Blake symbol: SYAL
Leaf: 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.
Flower: 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.
Twig: Slender, smooth, yellow-brown; pith is hollow; opposite branching.
Bark: Tan to grayish brown and often splitting lengthwise on older stems.
Form: Finely branched, upright shrub reaching 6 feet tall.
Looks like: coralberry - twinberry - creeping snowberry
Additional Range Information: Symphoricarpos albus is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting snowberry.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson