Snowberry - Symphoricarpos albus


A shrub reaching 1 to 3 metres, branches quite erect and arching, slender. Leaves round-oval. Flowers pink, bell shaped, 5 to 6 mm long in small spike like racemes. Fruit is a white pulpy berry, 10 to 15 mm

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows and embankments, sometimes forming dense thickets by growth of suckers.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Locally naturalised throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 264 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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