Symphoricarpos Albus - Snowberry

Symphoricarpos Albus - Snowberry

Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle)

Common name(s): Snowberry, waxberry, coralberry

General bloom time: flowers between early May and late June; fruit matures in August and September

Identification: deciduous shrub growing from 1.5-7 feet tall

Leaves: opposite, simple, thin paper-like leaves

Flowers: flowers are pink and white growing in small clusters; each flower has two white flattened nutlets with one seed per nutlet

Fruit: pale green to solid white, poisonous to humans if consumed in certain amounts

Habitat: open forests, shrub lands, forest edges, and riparian areas; grows best in full sunlight or light shade but will survive in medium shade; thrives in moist, fertile soil but tolerates poor fertility as long as the soil is well drained; dry to moist environments; low elevation.

Ecology: Birds eat the berries, hummingbirds drink the nectar, the plant supports beneficial insects.

Image Credit: ArtMechanic

Fun Facts:

-      Parts other than the berries have been used for medicinal uses