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Western Snowberry vs Mongolian Cherry

Symphoricarpus occidentalis

Prunus fruticosa

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Western Snowberry
Mongolian Cherry

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.

Mongolian Cherry is a hardy shrub that is often grown as an ornamental. This plant makes an attractive flowering hedgerow that requires little maintenance. The dark red cherries are tart and desirable for baking, wine-making, and canning. This shrub is popular with wildlife.

WESTERN SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

MONGOLIAN CHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 2a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Berries: small, dense clusters which often last through winter. poisonous to humans
Flowers: pinkish white in small clusters, blooms june-august
Flowers: clusters of white flowers
Bark: pale green to light red-brown, greys and shreds with age
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high



Toxicity: berries are toxic to humans


Other Names: buckbrush, wolfberry
Other Names: dwarf cherry, european dwarf cherry, steppe cherry


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