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Western Snowberry vs Northern Gooseberry

Symphoricarpus occidentalis

Ribes oxyacanthoides

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Western Snowberry
Northern Gooseberry

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.

Northern Gooseberry is a small, ornamental quality native shrub with prickly stems. You can plant it anywhere you'd plant Prickly Rose or Common Wild Rose, such as your yard.

Most people find Northern Gooseberry berries a bit tart for significant fresh eating but they are good for baking, wine or jam.

WESTERN SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN GOOSEBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 1a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Berries: small, dense clusters which often last through winter. poisonous to humans
Berries: purple or purplish black
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: fast
Life span: short
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: medium



Toxicity: berries are toxic to humans


Other Names: buckbrush, wolfberry
Other Names: canada gooseberry, canadian gooseberry


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes