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Symphoricarpos albus

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Symphoricarpos (sim-for-ee-KAR-poss) (Info)
Species: albus (AL-bus) (Info)

Synonym:Symphoricarpos albus var. albus
Synonym:Symphoricarpos pauciflorus
Synonym:Symphoricarpos racemosus

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb On Jan 13, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

In landscaping it is an old-fashioned plant, a native plant, that was planted commonly at the foundations of houses in the late 1800's, just like the Vanhoutte Spirea, which is similar, but it predates the latter East Asian plant. It does have pretty bluish-green foliage and big white berries and interesting little flowers. Sometimes there is a brown spot disease on the berries, usually when they are over-ripe. Birds are supposed to like the fruit. It is densely twiggy like spireas, but not in a bad way. Some big nurseries or mail order nurseries in the Midwest sell some or native plant nurseries sell a few. It is most often found at the foundations of old houses in old neighborhoods still.

Positive seonaidh On Jun 2, 2013, seonaidh from Dublin
Ireland wrote:

This plant is naturalized in Ireland, obscurely named Pirn sneachta (Snow-pebble, Snow-potato?) when i was young (in Dublin) it was always known as Frog Spit (Seile Loscann), when you pinch the berry between the finger and thumb it swells like a frogs neck before opening and spitting! Lots of fun to kids, only recently i found its more common name, but still call it Frog spit, there is a method in pinching the berry

Positive GardenGuyKin On Mar 5, 2008, GardenGuyKin from Portland, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

This common shrub changes the shape of it's leaves while maturing.
The juvenile leaves are rounded, while the adult leaves resemble those of the oak tree in shape.

Positive SeattleSun On Feb 12, 2008, SeattleSun from Seattle, WA wrote:

A hardy, Northwest native, the large white berries really stand out on the bare branches in the winter garden.

Positive wmnpwr On Apr 26, 2006, wmnpwr from Farmington, ME (Zone 4a) wrote:

Dainty pink flowers appear in July, which accent the blue-green foliage and produce large white berries in autumn. Excellent food for birds. Good for holding soil on steep banks, as it will spread 3'-6' and grow 5' to 6' tall. Prefers light sun and moist conditions. Zones 3-7

Neutral smiln32 On Dec 1, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

The stems of this shrub were used by the Indians to make pipes. Flowers are pinkish-white, and bell-shaped. They grow in small terminal clusters, appearing in June and July.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Juneau, Alaska
Auburn, California (2 reports)
Berkeley, California
Carmichael, California
Chico, California
Crescent City, California
Folsom, California
North Auburn, California
Paso Robles, California
Placerville, California
Sacramento, California
Grand Junction, Colorado
Aurora, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Farmington, Maine
Cumberland, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Halifax, Massachusetts
Boone, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Beaverton, Oregon
Bend, Oregon
Dallas, Oregon
Grants Pass, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
West Newton, Pennsylvania
Wakefield, Rhode Island
Essex Junction, Vermont
Bryn Mawr-skyway, Washington
White Salmon, Washington

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