Symphoricarpos occidentalis

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Symphoricarpos occidentalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Genus: Symphoricarpos
Species: S. occidentalis
Binomial name
Symphoricarpos occidentalis
Hook. 1833

Symphoricarpos occidentalis, commonly called western snowberry[1] or wolfberry, is a woody species of flowering plant in the honeysuckle family. Wolfberry is not to be confused with the Lycium species of the same common name.


Symphoricarpos occidentalis is a creeping shrub, with pink, rounded to bell-shaped flowers and spherical or bulbous shaped, white or pink-tinted fruits.[2]


Symphoricarpos occidentalis is native across much of Canada plus the northern and central United States as far south as Oklahoma, northeastern New Mexico, and the Texas Panhandle.[1][3]


Western snowberry is grown for use in native plant and wildlife gardens, and as a bird food plant in habitat landscapes.[citation needed] It is considered to be a weed in certain situations.[1]


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