snowberry Caprifoliaceae Symphoricarpos
albus (L.) S.F. Blake
|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
- creeping snowberry
| Additional Range Information:
Symphoricarpos albus is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting snowberry.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson