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Common Snowberry vs River Alder

Symphoricarpos albus

Alnus incana

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Common Snowberry
River Alder

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.

River Alder is a large shrub or small tree with a multi-stemmed, spreading habit. It is an excellent tree to plant if you want to stabilize the soil near rivers and creeks.

Unlike the other alder varieties, River Alder is attractive enough to be included in riverside plantings by municipal and provincial park organizations.

COMMON SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

RIVER ALDER QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 1a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Berries: white waxy berry-like drupes
Flowers: pink to white flowers in spring
Bark: red-brown shredded bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: 30 years +
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: none
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