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Growth Type Woody Shrub
Hardiness Zones 4-7
Planting Conditions Full Sun to Partial Shade
TJ Documented Plant Yes

Monticello was one of the first gardens where this shrub was grown. Thomas Jefferson sent seed of the Snowberry, brought back from the Lewis & Clark Expedition, to his nurseryman friend, Bernard McMahon. In 1812, McMahon 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, retaining their beauty all the winter, especially if kept in a greenhouse . . . I have given it the trivial english name of Snowberry-bush." 

Snowberry 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.

Typical Blooming Dates: July - August
Blossom Color(s): Pink, White
Location at Monticello: West Lawn Oval Bed

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