Symphoricarpos albus
Common snowberry

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantPart ShadeBird Friendly
Common snowberry
Symphoricarpos albus

This old fashioned, deciduous shrub forms a neat thicket with arching branches. June flowers are small, white to pink colored and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Pure white berries last into winter and native birds devour them. Easy to grow and tolerant of all but very wet soils.

Provides dense cover and nesting for birds and small mammals
Great nectar source for butterflies and native insects
Birds, game birds and small mammals love its profuse berries
Easy to grow and tolerant of most soils
Great for massing and naturalizing
A critical host for the Sphinx Moth

Native Range

Well-drained soils from Alaska south into California and east across the US with the exception of the gulf states, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arizona and Nevada

Interesting Facts

The berries of this plant are poisonous to ingest for humans but they have a history of use to rub on sores and burns to help healing. Early Americans called them Corpseberry due to their white color and thought they were food for ghosts.


Prefers average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best fruit production occurs in full sun. Adapts to a wide range of soils. Prune as needed in late winter to early spring.Plants will spread forming a dense thicket.

Mature Size: 3-5ft. Tall x 4-6ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-10

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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