Muti-stemmed suckering shrub grown mainly for their wonderful large, marblelike pure white fruits produced freely in late summer, fall and through the winter until the birds feast on them.
Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best fruit production occurs in full sun. Adapts to a wide range of soils including those that are poor. Prune as needed in late winter to early spring. Plants tend to sucker.
Snowberry is a bushy, rounded, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 3-6' tall and as wide. It is native to dry rocky wooded slopes, banks and forests from Nova Scotia to British Columbia south to Oregon, New Mexico, Illinois and Virginia. Oblong-elliptic to rounded, dull green leaves (to 2" long) produce little fall color. Tiny, bell-shaped, pink flowers (to 3/16" long) bloom in clusters in the leaf axils in summer. Flowers are followed by clusters of globose berries (each to 1/2” diameter) that initially are pale green, but ripen to pure white by late summer to early autumn. Fruits remain attractive on the naked winter stems in large part because most birds do not find them appetizing.