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Common Snowberry vs Golden Currant

Symphoricarpos albus

Ribes aureum

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Common Snowberry
Golden Currant

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.

Golden Currant produces berries for jams, jellies, sauces and even pemmican. This currant bush is very dense, allowing for use as a hedge, windbreak, or wildlife habitat.

This plant is also a very popular rootstock to graft popular red and white currant varieties to. The resulting plants are taller, more productive, and easier to harvest.

COMMON SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

GOLDEN CURRANT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 4a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: reddish purple
Berries: white waxy berry-like drupes
Berries: glossy black berries used to make jams, jellies and pies
Flowers: pink to white flowers in spring
Flowers: clusters of long tubular yellow flowers
Bark: red-brown shredded bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: 30 years +
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium



Toxicity: berries toxic to humans


Other Names: common snowberry
Other Names: buffalo currant, clove currant, fragrant golden currant, golden flowering currant, spicebush


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