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Red Elderberry vs Western Snowberry

Sambucus racemosa

Symphoricarpus occidentalis

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Red Elderberry
Western Snowberry

Red Elderberry is an attractive, medium-sized deciduous shrub.

It produces clusters of white flowers in the spring and bright red berry-like drupes, which provide beautiful contrast against its coarse, textured green foliage.

Red Elder can be pruned as a small single or multi-stemmed tree.

Like the Common Snowberry, the Western Snowberry is a small shrub with pink flowers useful for feeding livestock and preventing erosion. Unlike the common species, however, the Western Snowberry is much more suited to wet conditions, capable of persevering through poor soil drainage and occasional flooding.

After the Snowberry's flowers have bloomed, it produces berries which often last on the plant through winter. These berries are toxic to humans, but livestock and local wildlife love them! Those hoping to attract wildlife to their property can plant Snowberry and expect to see animals foraging on it much later in the year than other plants.

RED ELDERBERRY QUICK FACTS

WESTERN SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 1a
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: bright red berry like drupes
Berries: small, dense clusters which often last through winter. poisonous to humans
Flowers: white panicle flowers
Flowers: pinkish white in small clusters, blooms june-august
Bark: pale green to light red-brown, greys and shreds with age
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: medium



Toxicity: toxic to humans

Toxicity: berries are toxic to humans

Other Names: red elder
Other Names: buckbrush, wolfberry


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes