Why plant Audubon® Native Snowberry?
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.
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.
How to use Audubon® Native Snowberry in the landscape?
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!
Hardiness Zone: 2-7
How To Plant Audubon® Native Snowberry
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.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.