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Snowberry vs Water Sedge

Symphoricarpos albus

Carex aquatilis

Snowberry
Water Sedge

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.

Water Sedge is a waterside grass which grows an extensive horizontal root system. This prevents erosion and allows it to grow back after being eaten.

Water sedge is grazed by many animals including cattle, sheep, horses and waterfowl. Animals choose Water Sedge for forage later in the year as it stays green longer than other plants, requiring you to buy feed for less of the year.

SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

WATER SEDGE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 1a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: wet
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: yellow
Berries: white waxy berry-like drupes
Flowers: pink to white flowers in spring
Flowers: plant stalks topped with green and brown tesselated florets in may-september depending on lattitude
Bark: red-brown shredded bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: 30 years +
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium



Toxicity: berries toxic to humans




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