Common Snowberry - sisk’ʷidac - (Symphoricarpos albus)
With dainty pink bell-like flowers that bloom from May to August and fruit that ripens from September through October and persists through the winter Snowberries are also commonly known as waxberry, ice apple, white coralberry or ghostberry. This deciduous shrub belongs to the honeysuckle family and has oval leaves with smooth or wavy-toothed margins that run opposite. While the berries are not edible to humans, many Native Americans have used Snowberry topically to treat skin ailments, cleanse hair and as an antiperspirant. Snowberries spread by root suckers, and thus should either be given plenty of space to create a wild thicket or remove the sucker before it has a chance to spread, otherwise this plant is easy to care for.
*Prefers full sun to partial shade
* Tolerant of poor, wet and/or dry soil
*Suitable as an ornamental shrub, in rain gardens, for restoration, and controlling erosion on slopes.
* 3-9 feet in height
*Sold Bare Root
*Sold in bundles of 5
sisk’ʷidac *Lushootseed provided by the Puyallup Tribal Language Program and audio by Chris Briden, Puyallup Tribal member.