Common Names: Snowberry, Waxberry, Ghostberry

Botanical names: Symphoricarpos spp. or S. alba, sim-for-i-KAR-pos

Availability: Fall and early winter.

Vase life: 14 days or more.

Storage temperatures: 32 - 34 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Snowberry branches are harvested for the clusters of small, round, white berries along bare, arching, woody stems, two to three feet in length.

Color: The berries are usually white, though they can also be pink or purple, depending on the species

Botanical facts: Native to North America. Member of the Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle family).

Design notes: Snowberry's small, round berries add unique texture to fall and winter floral arrangements. They contrast well with the shapes and textures of other flowers and foliage, creating visual interest and dimension.

Purchasing hints: Purchase stems with undamaged berries. Avoid stems with old and berries that are beginning to fade.

Conditioning: Give the woody stem end a fresh break or cut with as sharp knife. Hydrate in water mixed with a commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: The botanical name is from the Greek “symphorein” (bear together) and “karpos” (a fruit), referring to the clustered fruit.