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Common Snowberry vs Wild Privet

Symphoricarpos albus

Ligustrum vulgare

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Common Snowberry
Wild Privet

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 there aren't seedlings available for purchase, try purchasing seed from SeedTime.ca and growing your own? Or sign up for a restock notification above.

Wild Privet is a fast growing ornamental shrub that is well suited for forming hedges and privacy screens. It will retain its leaves in warmer climates but drops them in colder areas. They have small white flowers, though the smell is often considered unpleasant. While the berries are inedible, they are a good food source for many bird species.

It is recommended to prune Wild Privet immediately after flowering, as it can readily self seed. It is deer and rabbit tolerant. It can grow in dry areas, on slopes, and withstand the wind making it well suited for many growing conditions.

COMMON SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

WILD PRIVET QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 5a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: white waxy berries
Berries: black
Flowers: pink to white flowers in spring
Flowers: white
Bark: red-brown shredded bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: berries toxic to humans

Toxicity: If ingested, all parts of this plant will cause severe discomfort. Toxic to dogs, cats, and horses

Other Names: common snowberry
Other Names: common privet, european privet