Symphoricarpos albus


Thomas Jefferson sent seed of the Snowberry, brought back from the Lewis and Clark Expedition, to his nurseryman friend, Bernard McMahon. In 1812, MaMahon sent Jefferson young plants, saying "This is a beautiful shrub brought by Captain Lewis from the River Columbia; the flower is small but neat, the berries hand in large clusters and are of a snow-white colour, and continue on the shrub, retainging their beauty all the winter, especially if kept in a greenhouse . . . I have given it the trivial english name of Snowberry-bush." Monticello was one of the first gardens where this shrub was grown, and it became a popular garden novelty in England after seed was first exported in 1817. The tiny pink blossoms form in late spring and are followed by the large white berries that are especially striking after the leaves drop.

Growth Type: Woody Shrub Color(s): Pink, White Hardiness Zones: 4 - 7 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Oval Bed Planting Conditions: Sun and Part Shade Map it:

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Blooming Dates 2001: Aug 8 – Aug 82002: Jul 5 – Aug 172004: Jul 29 – Aug 272006: Jul 11 – Oct 272007: Aug 16 – Sep 72008: Jul 11 – Aug 82010: Jun 28 – Aug 312014: Jul 23 – Sep 29