Common Name:               Snowberry

Scientific Name:               Symphoricarpos albus

Irish Name:         Póirín sneachta

Family Group:    Caprifoliacea


This unremarkable shrub of roadsides, hedgerows and laneways, is a twiggy, straggly plant which reaches over 2.5m high, forming large thickets, spreading by suckers.  It produces tiny pink funnel-shaped 5-petalled flowers (4-6mm across) in short, terminal racemes from June to September.  Its oval leaves are small and untoothed.  In autumn it has round white berries (1.5-2cm diameter) which contain 2 seeds.  This is a plant which was introduced from North America and it belongs to the family Caprifoliaceae.

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