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Common Snowberry vs Balsors Blackberry

Symphoricarpos albus

Rubus fruticosus Balsors

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Common Snowberry
Balsors Blackberry

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 Balsors Blackberry is a cold-hardy variety that produces very large, sweet and juicy blackberries late in the summer. They are great for baking and fresh eating.

Balsors Blackberry are floricanes, primarily fruiting on second year canes. Each spring cut back all two-year old canes, leaving only the last year’s growth. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn’t require a second plant nearby to set fruit.

COMMON SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

BALSORS BLACKBERRY 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: full sun
Berries: white waxy berry-like drupes
Berries: black
Fruit size: large
Firmness: soft
Flavor: sweet
Harvest: August
Flowers: pink to white flowers in spring
Bark: red-brown shredded bark
Bark: has thorns
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: 30 years +
Life span: short
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: low



Toxicity: berries toxic to humans


Other Names: common snowberry
Other Names: balsors hardy blackberry, illinois blackberry