Monday, November 19, 2012

Autumn Interest ~ Snowberry

Along the fence row across from my property, I found a surprise hidden among the coralberry today... snowberry!


Symphoricarpos albus 'snowberry' is a (thicket-forming) shrub native to Missouri. Similar to its cousin, Symphoricarpos orbiculatus 'coralberry or buckbrush', most birds find the taste of these berries unappetizing. The fruit remains on the shrubs throughout the winter, but can provide an emergency food source for wildlife in the late winter/early spring (when all other natural food sources are deleted). Birds do, however, appreciate the dense thicket the shrubs provide as a shelter from the elements and protection from predators.



The leaves of both coralberry and snowberry are the host plant of the Snowberry Clearwing moth (a frequent visitor to my property). Click on this link for more photos and info... Snowberry Clearwing

I know that most people view this shrub, especially coralberry, as an invasive nuisance, but I love the autumn berries that persist throughout the colorless winter...

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20 comments:

  1. I love looking at the autumn berries on the shrubs. This is a new one on me so thanks for sharing.

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  2. Nice find!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. Great pics and great info on these plants. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Interesting little berry clusters, they remind me of popcorn!

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  5. Yummy popcorn growing on bushes.....what a find!(rofl) Nice photography!
    Joyce M

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  6. Your photos make the berries look quite beautiful. You are right - if I saw them in my yard, I would assume they were invasives.

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  7. we have a similar white berry all winter long in NH as well. Lovely images. If you have time tomorrow or perhaps Sunday or Monday, please stop by to visit the gratitude quilt and add words of gratitude of your own in the comment box below... it will be posted early Thursday morning, November 22nd. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. This is new to me also, the white berries are so pretty. Happy Thanksgiving.
    Ann

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  9. P.S. I'm a midwest girl too-live in Kansas City on the Kansas side. Love sharing with midwest bloggers. Newest follower.
    Ann

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  10. such delicate and beautiful photography of nature's gems ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  11. I agree, the white ones resemble popcorn. So pretty and unique.

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  12. Beautiful photos!! Stopping by from the Outdoor Wednesdays Link-up, and I can't wait to read more of your blog!! I am determined to have chickens one day...and a garden!!! :) Have a wonderful day!!

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  13. That looks strange from our point of view in the tropics, yet beautiful. I love most your rooftop garden, it's so cute!

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  14. Hello Rebecca..this is a wonderful blog and I must say that I was reading and looking at the info on chickens and butterfly gardens and at your bird houses. I have been so interested in chickens as I got to know about them when my neighbor had her chickens, ducks and geese. I haven't been able to eat any fowl since then and we had lasagna for Thanksgiving dinner. LOL. I love learning about plants and am working on my garden..as a novice and have a guest in the garage as I planted a spicebush and ended up with a spicebush cat that will over winter here.. A first for me. Thank you for linking into Nature Notes..I enjoyed mt visit..Michelle

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  15. Yummy popcorn. Thanks for this wonderful post.

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