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Labrador Tea vs Western Snowberry

Rhododendron groenlandicum (Ledum groenlandicum)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis

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Labrador Tea
Western Snowberry

Labrador Tea is slow-growing evergreen shrub native to the boreal forests of Canada.

It thrives in wet, swampy conditions.

Labrador Tea has narrow, leathery, dark green leaves, topped by a cluster of white flowers in the spring. It is a perfect ornamental shrub for boggy, wet areas of your property.

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.

LABRADOR TEA QUICK FACTS

WESTERN SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 1a
Height: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: any
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: rust orange
Berries: small, white, poisonous to humans
Flowers: white, fragrant
Flowers: pinkish white
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: high



Toxicity: slightly toxic if ingested

Toxicity: berries are toxic to humans

Other Names: buckbrush, wolfberry