Symphoricarpos oreophilus (Mountain snowberry)

Deciduous montane shrub up to 5 ft. tall with round white berries from small clusters of pinkish flowers, blooming May to September. Common, adapted to well-drained soils on dry to moist ridges, rocky slopes, forest openings, woodland, shrubland and riparian communities; 3,000 to 11,000 ft. elevation. Less rhizomatous growth than Common snowberry (S. albus); sprouts weakly from the root crown after disturbance such as wildfire. Browsed by livestock and is important forage for deer and elk, especially in early spring. Important cover and food for small mammals and birds, including ruffed grouse. Pollinators include numerous hummingbirds, native insects and honeybees. Larval host for the Chalcedon checkerspot butterfly.

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Family: Caprifoliaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Shrub

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Rhizomatous

Mature Height: 5 ft.

Bloom Color: White

Fruit/Seed Color: White

Bloom Period: Late spring

Annual Precipitation: 12-15 in.

Drought Tolerance: High

Shade Tolerance: Intermediate

Elevation:  5,000-10,000 ft.

Wetland Indicator Status

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance:

Nitrogen Fixation:


Coarse Texture: No

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: Low

CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

pH Range: 5.2-7.5


Seeds per Pound: 76,000

Seeding Rate:  PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall

Days to Germination: