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TREES & plants

Snowberry

Snowberry, a shrub native to the Chicago area, is commonly used in masses or in naturalized landscapes.  Snowberry is named for the white berries that persist into early winter.  Another attraction is the pink flowers that appear in small spikes in early summer.  Choose this plant for year-round interest.

Botanical name: 
Symphoricarpos albus
All Common Names: 
Snowberry, Common snowberry
Family (English): 
Honeysuckle
Family (Botanic): 
Caprifoliaceae
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
Native Locale: 
  • Chicago area
  • Illinois
  • North America
Landscape Uses: 
  • Massing
Size Range: 
  • Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
  • Small shrub (3-5 feet)
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Foliage: 
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Time of Year: 
  • Early summer
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Pink
Shape or Form: 
  • Multi-stemmed
  • Round
  • Thicket-forming
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
More Information: 

Tree & Plant Care

 

Disease, pests, and problems

 

Disease, pest, and problem resistance

 

Native geographic location and habitat

C-Value: 

 

Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife

 

Bark color and texture 

 

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

 

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

  • Arrangement: spikes
  • Shape:
  • Size: small

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

  • Type: berries
  • Shape:
  • Size:
  • Color: white

Persist into early winter

Cultivars and their differences