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Common Snowberry, Upright Snowberry - Symphoricarpos albus


Family: Caprifoliaceae - Honeysuckle family Genus Common Name: Snowberry Native Status: Native
Symphoricarpos albus - Common Snowberry, Upright Snowberry. Symphoricarpos albus has two varieties - var. albus and var. laevigatus. Var. albus is more widely distributed, being found in most of the northern half of the United States and in the Rocky Mountains south to New Mexico, as well as most of Canada. Var. laevigatus is found in a subset of those states, plus California and Idaho. The plant is Endangered or Threatened in Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, and Massachusetts, and is Extirpated in Ohio.

The white fruits, from which the common name is derived, are larger than the blossoms; unfortunately I donít have photos of the fruit, but you can view some at Turner Photographics as well as other places on the Internet.

Found in:
AK, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

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Distribution of Symphoricarpos albus in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 19 Feb 2017). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: Kleinschmidt Grade, Adams County, ID Date: 2012-May-28Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The flowers are pink with white showing up as they open their 5 lobes. The lobes are short relative to the overall length of the blossom. The inside is white and quite hairy. The leaves are oval or round, smaller on older growth than on new growth, where they can be up to about 3 inches long. The blossoms are found at the end of the stems in clusters of up to 18 flowers. Similar Symphoricarpos oreophilus - Mountain Snowberry - has flowers in pairs, and they may be in leaf axils as well as stem ends.
Symphoricarpos albus

Site: Kleinschmidt Grade, Adams County, ID Date: 2012-May-28Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The plant is a shrub that grows to about 4 or 5 feet tall and can spread vegetatively into dense thickets.
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Symphoricarpos albus

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