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Snowberry vs Bog Cranberry

Symphoricarpos albus

Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Snowberry
Bog Cranberry

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.

Bog Cranberry is a native, ground cover species.

These plants generally produce one crop per year in summer. The plants have single blooms. Leaves are bright green, oval and alternate. New growth can be covered with fine hairs. Plants may spread 3 feet in width forming a dense mat which makes it attractive as an ornamental ground cover.

Wild crops of Bog Cranberry are harvested each year in Newfoundland (more than 200,000 lbs/yr). Harvest of wild fruit can no longer keep up with demand there. In Europe, 80 million pounds per year of this crop is grown or harvested from the wild.

Bog Cranberry flowers are similar in shape to those of blueberry and may be white or pink in color. These berries are considered to be highly flavored but not as tart as cranberries.

SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

BOG CRANBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 2a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 0.2 m (0.7 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: white waxy berry-like drupes
Berries: tart, edible red berries
Flowers: pink to white flowers in spring
Flowers: white or pink flowers
Bark: red-brown shredded bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: 30 years +
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: low



Toxicity: berries toxic to humans




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