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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
Foliage: 
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • Chicago area
  • Illinois
  • North America
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun (4-6 hrs light daily)
Tolerances: 
  • Dry sites
  • Alkaline soil
  • Clay soil
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Pink
Size Range: 
  • Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
  • Small shrub (3-5 feet)
Shape or Form: 
  • Multi-stemmed
  • Round
  • Thicket-forming
Landscape Uses: 
  • Massing
Time of Year: 
  • Early summer
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