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Symphoricarpos rotundifolius
mountain snowberry

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia to California east to Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.

Habitat: Open slopes and dry meadows, from sagebrush desert to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Deciduous, erect, branching shrubs 0.5-1.5 m. tall.


Leaves opposite, elliptic to elliptic-ovate, 1-3.5 cm. long and 5-25 mm. wide, short-petiolate.


Flowers solitary on short, drooping pedicels in the leaf axils, and often also on short, few-flowered terminal racemes; corolla elongate, bell-shaped, noticeably longer than wide, 7-10 mm. long, pink or white, the 5 lobes + to as long as the tube; stamens 5; style 2-4 mm. long, glabrous; ovary 4-celled, inferior.


Fruit berry-like, fleshy, broadly ellipsoid, 7-10 mm. long, with 2 seeds, white.

Accepted Name:
Symphoricarpos rotundifolius A. Gray
Publication: Dendrologie 2(1): 48. 1872.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Symphoricarpos rotundifolius checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Symphoricarpos rotundifolius information.

E-Flora BC: Symphoricarpos rotundifolius atlas page.

CalPhotos: Symphoricarpos rotundifolius photos.

USDA Plants: Symphoricarpos rotundifolius information.

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