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Canadian Buffaloberry vs Western Snowberry

Shepherdia canadensis

Symphoricarpos occidentalis

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Canadian Buffaloberry
Western Snowberry

Canadian Buffalo Berry is a native deciduous shrub found throughout North America. This hardy, medium-sized shrub will tolerate poor soil conditions and produces attractive, edible–though very bitter–red fruit.

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.

CANADIAN BUFFALOBERRY QUICK FACTS

WESTERN SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 1a
Zone: 1a
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: red bitter berries (edible)
Berries: small, white, poisonous to humans
Flowers: tiny, red
Flowers: pinkish white
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: high




Toxicity: berries are toxic to humans

Other Names: canada buffalo berry, canada buffaloberry, canadian buffaloberry, foam berry, foamberry, russet buffaloberry, soap berry, soapberry, soopolallie
Other Names: buckbrush, wolfberry