Snowberry, a shrub native to the Chicago area, is commonly used in mass or in naturalized landscapes. Snowberry is named for the white berries in autumn. Another attraction is the small, pink flowers that appear in spikes in early summer.
- 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
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Early summer
- Early fall
- Mid fall
Size & Form
A broadly-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. More tolerant of shade but will produce less flowers.
Suckers profusely and will form 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, 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.