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Western Snowberry vs Black Hawthorn

Symphoricarpus occidentalis

Crataegus douglasii

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Western Snowberry
Black Hawthorn

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.

Black Hawthorn is a versatile plant that is native to wetlands and other areas with moist soils, but can also tolerate dry soils. This plant can be grown as a short shrub, or a tree reaching 30 feet tall.

Black Hawthorn is valued for erosion control and attracting pollinators. It also makes an attractive flowering ornamental that can be planted as a specimen or pruned as a hedge. It is commonly used in shelterbelts.

WESTERN SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

BLACK HAWTHORN QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: yellow to red
Berries: small, dense clusters which often last through winter. poisonous to humans
Berries: purplish-black pomes
Flowers: pinkish white in small clusters, blooms june-august
Flowers: white
Bark: pale green to light red-brown, greys and shreds with age
Bark: brown to gray
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high



Toxicity: berries are toxic to humans


Other Names: buckbrush, wolfberry
Other Names: Crataegus columbiana, douglas hawthorn, Douglas' thornapple


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