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Common Snowberry
Symphoricarpos albus

A native, deciduous shrub with an upright, arching habit and mound that grows 3-4' tall, usually in drifts or colonies. Well suited to naturalizing in open woodland areas where it can or should be allowed to spread. It is ideal for soil stabilization and erosion control, vegetated swales, and upland buffers. It is useful for rain gardens and rock gardens, especially if the site is dry or goes dry often in shady locations. It can be included in native perennial gardens or informal hedges. It attracts birds, has showy flowers, fruit and winter interest. It has a fast rate of growth.

USDA symbol: SYAL

General Information

Plant TypeShrub
Height2 to 5 feet
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun, Shade
Soil MoistureMedium, Wet
Bloom ColorWhite, Pink
Common Snowberry (Common Snowberry<div><em class="small">Symphoricarpos albus</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience6
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, Fire Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsMay to June
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard, Erosion Control, Rain Garden
Coefficient of Conservatism8
Herbivore SensitivityHigh
Rate of SpreadFast
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Fillmore, Goodhue, Hennepin, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Ramsey, Redwood, Rice, Roseau, St. Louis, Stearns, Todd, Wabasha, Wadena, Washington, Winona, Wright
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands