Symphoricarpos, commonly called snowberry, ghost berry, or waxberry is a genus of around 15 species[1] of deciduous shrubs in the Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle) family.


With the exclusion of the Chinese snowberry, Symphoricarpos sinensis, which is native to western China, all species are native to Central and North America.

Ghost Berry

The genus name is an ancient Greek word derived from sumphoreîn, which means “to bear together“, and (karpós), which means “fruit“. It refers to the very compact berry grapes that the species produces.

Pink Snowberry Flowers

Snowberry leaves are 1.5 to 5 cm (0.59 to 1.97 inches) long, rounded, with entire margins, or 1 or 2 lobes at the underside. The flowers are small, pink to greenishwhite, in most species in small clusters of 5 to 15 together, in some individually or in pairs (e.g., Symphoricarpos microphyllus).

Symphoricarpos Sinensis

Waxberry Flowers

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Key References
  • [1]“Budburst | Common snowberry”. Accessed December 04, 2021. Link.


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