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Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus
About Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus) Nurseries Show All Photos Canyon Snowberry is recognized variety of Symphoricarpos albus. For garden purposes the two are virtually identical. It is a native shrub that grows in northern, southern and central California, along the coast, in the coastal mountain ranges, and in the Sierra foothills. It tends to grow in woods, streambanks and north facing slopes, at elevations from 0-4000 feet.

It is a beautiful plant with lovely white berries in autumn and a great plant for wildlife gardens. It attracts many birds including hummingbirds, butterflies and many other pollinators. Easy to grow in landscaping applications, and tolerates many different soil types and sun conditions. Prefers relatively moist soils - best to plant near a stream, seep or irrigated area. See listing for Symphoricarpos albus for additional information.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
4 - 6 ft (1.2 - 1.8 m)

Max. Width
8 - 12 ft (2.4 - 3.7 m)

Mounding, Spreading

Growth Rate

Winter Deciduous

Flat green and rounded oval in shape

Flower Color
Pink, Red, White

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Woods, streambanks, north facing slopes

Shade, Part Shade

Elevation ?
13' - 9771'

Annual Precip. ?
11.9" - 119.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.16" - 3.52"

Coldest Month ?
28.3° F - 55.5° F

Hottest Month ?
49.1° F - 78.7° F

Humidity ?
0.04 vpd - 26.64 vpd

Soil Description

Soil PH
6.0 - 8.0

Fast, Medium, Slow

Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 0 - 5° F

Sunset Zones ?
4*, 6*, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Wildlife Attracted
Hummingbirds, butterflies, bees,

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Moderately Popular

Max. Summer Water ?
Keep moist
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Organic with Rocks

Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Hedges, Groundcovers, Bird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Common Snowberry, Upright Snowberry

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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