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Plump, frosty-white fruits spangle the branches of Snowberry in fall and winter, making a pretty picture in your landscape. Pretty, too, are the robins and other thrushes, Cedar Waxwings, and grosbeaks that bob among the branches, snacking on the berries. In rural areas, the fruits are consumed by turkeys, grouse, pheasants, Bobwhite Quail, and prairie chickens. Grizzly bears like them as well, so be warned! Snowberry is a low, spreading Accent that’s perfect for covering ground and filling spaces in sun or part shade. Its dense, twiggy growth makes welcoming habitat for ground-dwelling birds and other small animals.
May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, grosbeaks, turkeys, grouse, pheasants, quail, and prairie chickens.
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New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Snowberry is a cool climate–loving Accent that’s native to Canada from Coast to Coast. In the U.S., its range dips down into New England, the Upper Midwest, the Rocky Mountains, and along the West Coast. This wildlife-friendly plant nourishes many pollinators with its summer blooms, including hummingbirds, butterflies, hoverflies, bumblebees, mason bees, green metallic bees, and leafcutter bees. Snowberry also feeds a variety of insects with its foliage. The Snowberry clearwing moth is one special insect that rears its young on the leaves. Just a bit bigger than a bumblebee, it hovers and maneuvers like a hummingbird as it sips from garden flowers.
Another bizarre insect that feeds on Snowberry is the Harris’s three-spot moth. Perhaps our ugliest caterpillar, it looks like a bit of garbage in its youth. When it molts, this weirdo saves its head casings and carries them around on a tuft of hair. Eventually, the ugly duckling turns into a beautifully patterned moth!
How to Grow
Sinfully easy to grow! Snowberry is an adaptable, easygoing Accent that needs no pampering. It thrives in sun or part shade and grows in any type of soil. It is drought tolerant when established and flourishes in wet soil, too. Cold winters are no problem, either, as it’s hardy to 50 below zero! Deer like to graze Snowberry. Homeowners in deer country may want to plant it far from the house for the deer to enjoy at a distance, keeping choicer plants close to home. Snowberry can survive the grazing.
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