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Common Snowberry vs Oregon Grape

Symphoricarpos albus

Berberis aquifolium (Mahonia aquifolium)

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Common Snowberry
Oregon Grape

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.

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Oregon Grape is an evergreen shrub native to North America, found along the Pacific coast. In spring, the bright golden-yellow flowers appear in clusters above the leaves. These flowers eventually give way to edible blue berries in late summer. While not a true grape, the berries appear grape-like due to their colouring and clustered growth. They can be eaten fresh, but the sour taste and high amounts of natural pectin make them well suited for preserves.

The Oregon Grape has leaves that are glossy, leathery, and spiny-edged. This feature gives it its alternate name of Holly-leaved Barberry. When the leaves emerge in the spring they are a bronze-red colour. In the summer they transition to green, followed by bright red to deep burgundy in the fall. Leaves are retained throughout the winter and colder temperatures cause the leaves to turn purplish bronze, providing year round interest to the landscape.

COMMON SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

OREGON GRAPE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 5a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: shade, partial shade
Fall colour: bright red to deep burgundy
Berries: white waxy berries
Berries: blue to purple, large
Flowers: pink to white flowers in spring
Flowers: yellow
Bark: red-brown shredded bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: berries toxic to humans


Other Names: common snowberry