Snowberry

Common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
Symphoricarpos albus

Few plants are as aptly named as snowberry. Small tubular pink flowers give way to scattered clusters of white berries in late summer, which hover on the delicate, arching branches through the fall and much of winter. The small oval leaves are pale green, turning yellow in the fall.

Snowberries are at their best in the landscape when combined with other plants. They bring an airy lightness to the understory that contrasts well with the thick evergreen leaves of salal and low Oregon grape, the red stems of red osier dogwoods, and the feathery green foliage of hemlock and western red cedar.

The berries are eaten by birds when other food is scarce, and the flowers attract pollinators and hummingbirds. It is tolerant of a wide variety of growing conditions and makes an excellent addition to any native garden.


  • Light Requirements: Full Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade
  • Water Requirements: Dry, Moist
  • Ease of Growing: Easy to grow
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Spreads: Yes
  • Wildlife Support: Pollinators, Hummingbirds, Pest-eating Insects, Birds or Mammals
  • Edible: No
  • Mature Height: 3-6ft
  • Mature Width: 2-4ft