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White Snowberry

Symphoricarpos albus

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White Snowberry, green shrub with small white round flowers

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The White snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) makes an exceptional addition to your native landscapes. Throughout the seasons, this shrub produces plenty of interest for your outdoor spaces. If you want a unique plant to add to your next landscaping project, take a look at the gorgeous White snowberry.

Plant Attributes

The White snowberry shines from the spring until fall. This plant is a bushy and rounded shrub. In the spring, oval-shaped leaves develop on the arching stems. You will notice clusters of bell-shaped flowers starting to bloom in early summer. By July, its dainty pink flowers begin to pop and are perfectly accented by the bluish-green foliage. However, the real show starts near autumn when the shrub is covered in snow-white “berries.” Those berries are technically called drupes, and they will remain on the shrub throughout the winter. The White snowberry is one of the few shrubs that produce these white drupes.

Landscape Use

You can create the perfect wildlife garden with the White snowberry. The hummingbirds love to sip on the flowers’ nectar in the summer. By the fall, local songbirds enjoy snacking on the berries. If you love wildlife, you want to place this shrub in a great viewing spot.

The White snowberry stands out when used in a mass planting. Those flowers, berries, and foliage are sure to make an impression throughout the year. You should think about adding it across the back of your perennial borders. Mixed borders can benefit from the addition of the White snowberry. However, this shrub works best when planted in a space that features shrubs of similar height.

With its green foliage and white berries, this shrub creates some visual interest in your landscape. With its scattered leaf pattern, this snowberry has a low profile and airy quality. You should plant this shrub in a space where it can stand out but not be overwhelmed by fuller plants and shrubs.

Finally, the Symphoricarpos albus is the perfect addition to those slopes or banks. With its deep roots, it can add some stability to those areas that have issues with erosion. If you need to spruce up those bare spaces, the White snowberry shines as a hardy ground cover. It can also be used as a facer shrub for those leggy shrubs and trees.

Planting & Care

You want to plant snowberries in partial shade to full sun. These shrubs can thrive in a variety of conditions. While they do tolerate a range of soil types, the White snowberry prefers rocky to sandy soils. The snowberry can survive in those USDA hardiness zones 2 to 7. The White snowberry will need water to help establish it in your yard. After that, it is moderately tolerant of droughts.

The White snowberry is easy to transplant. It is also known to be resistant to mildew. It does spread slower than other plants, but you still want to keep it in check. It will spread by underground suckers. If you want a fuller shrub, then you should prune it before any new growth begins for the season.

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If you are ready to spruce up your space with a new look, then make sure to select the White snowberry. With its features, you can add some interest to your outdoor spaces. In the spring, enjoy those small white flowers. White berry clusters replace those bell-shaped blooms during the fall. From spring to fall, this little shrub brings an appealing touch to your landscape. The White snowberry will turn into one of the showiest shrubs in your yard.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Watering Needs: Moderate
  • Botanical Pronunciation: sim-for-ih-KAR-pus AL-bus
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Average landscape size: Reaches 6 feet in height and 3 feet in width
  • Special features: Easy maintenance, unique white berries
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Early summer
  • Flower color: Pink
  • Flower attributes: Delicate pink flowers turn into white bell-shaped berries
  • Garden style: Low hedges, borders, erosion control
  • Design Ideas: Perfect choice for hills and slopes. Looks enchanting in a mass planting. Ideal shrub for thick ground cover. Makes an excellent specimen plant in your landscape.
  • Companion Plants: American Black currant, Meadowsweet, Glossy Black chokeberry, and button bushes

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