Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed
Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus - Common Snowberry
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Family Name: Caprifoliaceae
Common Names: Common Snowberry, Upright Snowberry
Origin: Native to California
Habitat: Stream banks, shady woodlands and forests. Below 1200 m.
Life Form and Duration: Perennial Shrub, up to 2 m tall
Comments on overall growth: Densely branching, forming a thicket. Stiff slender stems, spreading. New shoots erect and unbranched.
Bark and Stem Description: Young twigs slender and brown, turn grayish with age, smooth, nearly hairless.
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Description: Simple, opposite. Blades are thin, oval, may be entire or lobed, generally 1-3 cm in length though those on new shoots can be up to 6 cm long, 1-4 cm wide, surfaces may be hairy.
Infloresence Description: 8-16 flowers clustered (raceme form) together in the axils of leaves or at tops of stems, often on the new shoots.
Flower Description: Pink, radial and 5 lobed, bell shaped with lobes ~ 1/2 of petal length, lobes and inner upper throat densely white-hairy, 4-6 mm long.
Flowering Season: May-August
Fruit Type: Drupe
Fruit Description: Berry-like, white, 8-12 mm diameter, pulpy spongy flesh.
Edibility: Berries may be toxic to humans.
Plant Use: An important browse plant for wildlife.
Common Associates: Baccharis pilularis, Toxicodendron diversilobum