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Common Snowberry vs Spicebush

Symphoricarpos albus

Lindera benzoin

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Common Snowberry
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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.

Note: This difficult to grow species is not regularly scheduled to grow at TreeTime.ca. If you don't seedlings available for purchase, try purchasing seed from SeedTime.ca and growing your own? Or sign up for a restock notification above.

The Spicebush is an unique ornamental shrub that blooms with vibrant yellow flowers and bright green foliage. The foliage goes from green to yellow in the autumn, adding fall interest to your garden.The plant is dioecious, meaning that you will need male and female plants in order to harvest it’s red berries. Berries are only produced on female plants. The berries themselves aren’t that sweet, and are mostly enjoyed by birds and other wildlife.

The Spicebush, also commonly known as Common Spicebush, Northern Spicebush, Wild Allspice, and Benjamin Bush, is named after its distinctive spicy-sweet fragrance that comes from the flowers.

COMMON SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

SPICEBUSH QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 4a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: any
Berries: white waxy berry-like drupes
Berries: red
Flowers: pink to white flowers in spring
Flowers: greenish yellow
Bark: red-brown shredded bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: 30 years +
Life span: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: berries toxic to humans


Other Names: common snowberry
Other Names: benjamin bush, common spicebush, northern spicebush, wild allspice