Common Snowberry is one of the most widespread shrubs in North America, with stiff branches and conspicuous white berries.
|Height and Spread
||0.5 to 1.5 m tall.
||Up to 1.5 m spread.
||Pink to white bell shaped flowers
||May – June
||Berries grow following the flowers and mature in late summer, remaining on the bushes into winter.
|Light and Water
||Grows in both open and shaded areas, though prefers open light.
||Grows in both dry and wetter conditions.
||The berries of Snowberry were not eaten by any interior indigenous groups as they were considered poisonous. Some peoples did hollow out the twigs to make pipe stems though.
||Snowberry are an important winter bird food, as they berries stay on the bush long into the year and not all wildlife species consider them edible.
||Common Snowberry is quite beautiful in a garden setting with its abundance of bright white berries. While the berries are considered poisonous, generally ill effects aren’t felt by humans unless a larger amount is consumed, making them a relatively safe addition to ones garden.
||There are reports of some Indigenous peoples gathering large amounts of Snowberry berries to dump into streams in order to poison fish locally to catch.
||Snowberry are very common across wide areas of the province and can easily be propagated by cuttings or seed.