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Symphoricarpos rotundifolius
mountain snowberry
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Chiefly east of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to California and New Mexico.

Habitat: Open slopes and dry meadows, foothills to high elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Deciduous, erect, branching shrubs 0.5-1.5 m. tall.


Leaves opposite, elliptic to elliptic-ovate, 1-3.5 cm. long and 5-25 mm. wide, short-petiolate.


Flowers solitary on short, drooping pedicels in the leaf axils, and often also on short, few-flowered terminal racemes; corolla elongate, bell-shaped, noticeably longer than wide, 7-10 mm. long, pink or white, the 5 lobes + to as long as the tube; stamens 5; style 2-4 mm. long, glabrous; ovary 4-celled, inferior.


Fruit berry-like, fleshy, broadly ellipsoid, 7-10 mm. long, with 2 seeds, white.

Accepted Name:
Symphoricarpos rotundifolius A. Gray

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. vaccinioides – mountain snowberry    Chiefly east of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia to south to California and New Mexico.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Symphoricarpos rotundifolius in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Symphoricarpos rotundifolius checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Symphoricarpos rotundifolius atlas page.

CalPhotos: Symphoricarpos rotundifolius photos.

USDA Plants: Symphoricarpos rotundifolius information.

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