Snowberry is a native shrub commonly used en masse or in naturalized landscapes. Thin, cascading branches produce small, pink flowers that appear in spikes in early summer followed by clusters of white berries in autumn.
"This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm's Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research."
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Chicago area,
- North America
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet),
- Small shrub (3-5 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest:
- Early summer,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size & Form
A rounded suckering shrub reaching 5 to 6 feet high and 3 to 6 feet wide.
Tree & Plant Care
Tolerant of all soil types. Best in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of shade but will produce less flowers.
Suckers profusely and will form large colonies.
Prune back in spring to promote more flowers.
Does not do well in wet soils.
Disease, pests, and problems
Powdery mildew, rust, galls, aphids, and leaf spots
Native geographic location and habitat
Mesic dry open cliffs, open rocky slopes, dry wooded hillsides
Nova Scotia to MN and Virginia
Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife
A number of birds eat the fruit and butterflies are attracted to the flowers.
Bark color and texture
Brown, slender stems
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Opposite, broadly oval, pale blue-green leaves, no fall color.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Inconspicuous, pinkish-white, terminal clusters of bell-shaped flowers in early summer
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Large, 5/8-inch spongy, globular (drupe), white fruit in mid-autumn, often persisting into winter.