Symphoricarpos albus (Michx.) Nutt. - Common Snowberry


 

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Symphoricarpos albus - (image 1 of 6)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Habitat

Dry or rocky soil.

Associates

 

 Distribution

Quebec west to southern AK, south to VA, MI, MN, and CA.

Morphology

Low, bushy shrub to 1 m; branchlets thinly and softly pubescent. Leaves opposite, ovate to oval, entire to toothed or lobed, often hairy beneath, mostly 2-3 cm on short petioles. Flowers white or pink, in pairs or in few-flowered spikes; calyx, corolla, and stamens 5-merous; corolla 5-8 mm, ventricose, the lobes half as long or equaling the length of the tube; anthers 1-1.5 mm, about as long as the filaments; style glabrous, 2-3 mm; ovary 4-locular, each locule containing an ovule but only 2 of the ovules functional. Fruit a white, berry-like drupe containing 2 stones, 6-10 mm.

Notes

Flowers May to July

Wetland indicator: Upland

Frequently cultivated and sometimes escapes outside its native range.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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