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Common Snowberry vs White Meadowsweet

Symphoricarpos albus

Spiraea alba

NOT AVAILABLE THIS SEASON

COMING SOON

(new stock expected: later this season)

Common Snowberry
White Meadowsweet

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.

White Meadowsweet is a woody, deciduous shrub that begins to bloom in early summer with small white and pink flowers. Its foliage turns from a light green into an attractive golden-yellow later in the fall.

The White Meadowsweet, also known as Mead-Wort or Bride-Wort, is favored by birds and butterflies but is largely ignored by deer. They produce small brown berries in the summer, and while they are technically edible, they are not sweet and are more desired by wildlife.

COMMON SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

WHITE MEADOWSWEET QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: golden yellow
Berries: white waxy berry-like drupes
Flowers: pink to white flowers in spring
Flowers: white, small
Bark: red-brown shredded bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: 30 years +
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: high



Toxicity: berries toxic to humans


Other Names: common snowberry
Other Names: mead wort