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•Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Typically grows 6-10 feet tall, with a spread of 4-6 feet.

•Phenology: Evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and clusters of small, fragrant white flowers. Produces white berries that persist throughout the year.

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Blooms intermittently throughout the year, with peak flowering typically occurring in spring and summer.

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Evergreen

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained sandy, loamy, or clay soils

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range of soil pH levels, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral soils (pH 5.5-7.5)

•Moisture Requirements: Tolerant of both drought and occasional flooding; prefers moist, well-drained soil

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Suitable for coastal landscapes, butterfly gardens, and naturalized areas. Provides habitat and cover for various wildlife species.

•Maintenance Tips: Snowberry is relatively low-maintenance but may benefit from occasional pruning to maintain shape and remove dead or diseased branches. Prune after flowering to encourage bushier growth and more prolific flowering.

•Considerations: Snowberry may be susceptible to pests such as aphids and scale insects. Monitor regularly and treat as necessary with organic or chemical controls.

•Edible: The berries of Snowberry are not considered edible for humans and may be toxic if ingested in large quantities.

•Medicinal Uses: Snowberry has traditional medicinal uses in various cultures, including the treatment of skin conditions and respiratory ailments.

•Toxicity to Pets: The foliage and berries of Snowberry are considered toxic if ingested by pets, causing gastrointestinal upset.

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Snowberry pairs well with other native species such as firebush (Hamelia patens) and beautyberry (Callicarpa americana).

•Wildlife Benefit: Provides habitat, cover, and food for various wildlife species. The flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, while the berries provide food for birds and small mammals.

Snowberry - Chiococca alba

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