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Symphoricarpos albus
common snowberry

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest and distributed widely throughout Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Great Plains, and further east to northeastern North America.

Habitat: Thickets, forest edge, and open slopes, from the lowlands to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, hummingbirds


Deciduous, erect, branching shrubs from rhizomes, the stems usually 1-2 m. tall, glabrous.


Leaves opposite, elliptic or elliptic-ovate, entire or with a few, coarse, irregular teeth, 1.5-5 cm. long and 1-3.5 cm. wide; leaves on young, sterile shoots generally larger, glabrous and more irregular.


Flowers in short, dense, sub-sessile, few-flowered racemes, terminal on the twigs and in the upper axils; corolla white to pink, entire, 5-7 mm. long and nearly as wide, densely hairy within, the 5 lobes as long to nearly as long as the tube; stamens 5; style 2-3 mm. long, glabrous; ovary 4-celled, inferior.


Fruit berry-like, fleshy, with two seeds, ellipsoid, 1-1.5 cm. long, white.

Accepted Name:
Symphoricarpos albus (L.) S.F. Blake
Publication: Rhodora 16: 118. 1914.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Symphoricarpos albus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Symphoricarpos albus checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Symphoricarpos albus information.

E-Flora BC: Symphoricarpos albus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Symphoricarpos albus photos.

USDA Plants: Symphoricarpos albus information.

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