The Snowberry, also commonly known as the Waxberry, Coralberry and Ghostberry is a medium-sized shrub, usually growing in thickets 2-5 feet in height at maturity. It is native to North America, with a wide distribution across the continent, from the West Coast to the East Coast. The oval-shaped leaves form in the spring, arranged oppositely along the branches. In the late spring to early summer, blooms erupt into pink or white flowers which will yield clusters of white berries in the late summer to early fall. The berries are mildly toxic, bitter with a soapy taste and eventually turn brown as the season turns to winter. The species is hardy and able to tolerate a wide variance in growing conditions. In the wild, the species is commonly found within conifer forests, along river and creek beds and along borders to Oak and Pine forests.
The Snowberry is adaptable to a range of soil types, including less fertile, gravelly soil but grows well in heavy clay soil. It prefers moist soil but tolerant of drier soil conditions. It grows well with full sun exposure, partial shade and even full shade if the soil conditions are right.
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