snowberry Caprifoliaceae Symphoricarpos albus
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.