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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): 
Family (Botanic): 
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
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Season of Interest: 
  • 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



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