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Snowberry vs Purple Leaf Sand Cherry

Symphoricarpos albus

Prunus x cistena

Snowberry
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry

Snowberry is 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.

The Purple Leaf Sandcherry provides bright reddish-purple leaves that turn bronze-green in the fall. In the spring, tiny flowers with a pinkish white hue bloom. The flowers are small, but the impact comes from the shrub blossoming all at once. The Purple leaf sand cherry is susceptible to pests and diseases; a typical life span is approximately 10 - 15 years. Not suitable for a privacy hedge but good as an accent plant that attracts birds and bees.

SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

PURPLE LEAF SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: any
Fall colour: yellow
Fall colour: dark red
Berries: white waxy berry-like drupes
Flowers: pink to white flowers in spring
Flowers: produces single pinkish flowers
Bark: red-brown shredded bark
Bark: smooth dark red to purple bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: 30 years +
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high



Toxicity: berries toxic to humans

Toxicity: the leaves and seed contain small amounts of hydrogen cyanide but are seldom consumed in any quantity



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Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
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