Symphoricarpos albus (Snowberry)

Snowberry

Availability

Bareroot from November to April

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Non-trade pricing


Price £ each (ex. VAT)
Height Age 1+ 25+ 100+ 500+ 1000+
40-60cm 0+1 0.80 0.52 0.46 0.44 0.40
60-80cm 0+1 0.91 0.59 0.53 0.50 0.45

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Minimum order values
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Delivery

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Description

The Snowberry is a very hardy fast-growing suckering shrub with attractive snow-white berries, originating in North America. Although not a British native, it has good wildlife value, and is a good plant for poor soils and dense shade. Its suckering habit means that it quickly makes a dense thicket, so it is good for screening and can be trimmed as a low hedge.

Site and soil

Any soil or situation. Good in exposed sites and in shade.

Height and spread

After 10 years: 2m x 2m
After 20 years: 2m x 2m

Leaf and bark

The leaves are oval, light green and scented. The bark is reddish-brown.

Flower, seed and fruit

The tiny bell-shaped pink flowers appear in clusters in July. They are followed by round matt white berries in autumn, each containing 2 seeds. The berries are poisonous, but produce a strongly emetic reaction.

Uses

Game cover, hedging. Sometimes planted to combat soil erosion on riverbanks. It was once used medicinally and to make soap by Native Americans, who also used the wood to make arrows.

Wildlife

Snowberry provides nesting sites and shelter for birds, who also eat the berries throughout the winter. Butterflies and bees are attracted to the flowers.

Pruning

Hedges should be trimmed in summer. Dead stems and unwanted growth should be removed in early spring.