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Common Snowberry vs Western Sand Cherry

Symphoricarpos albus

Prunus pumila var besseyi

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Common Snowberry
Western Sand Cherry

Common Snowberry is a small deciduous shrub with characteristic white to pink flowers and clusters of white fruit.

This North American native species is very adaptable, and can be used for erosion control in riparian and restoration areas. Snowberry's fruit attracts wildlife, and livestock can consume the berries without issue.

Western Sand Cherry is known for its unique, leathery grey-green foliage and beautiful white blossoms. This makes it popular as an ornamental shrub in parks and front yards. However, both you and the wildlife will love its edible small dark red to purple cherries.

Due to its small stature and spreading qualities, Western Sandcherry is suitable as an underplanting or groundcover.

Many people graft plum and cherry varieties to Western Sand Cherry and use it as rootstock.

COMMON SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

WESTERN SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 2a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: any
Fall colour: reddish-orange
Berries: white waxy berry-like drupes
Berries: small purple cherries
Flowers: pink to white flowers in spring
Flowers: small clusters of white blossoms
Bark: red-brown shredded bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: 30 years +
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium



Toxicity: berries toxic to humans


Other Names: common snowberry


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no