While many ornamental shrubs produce showy white flowers, a scant few produce white berries. The rarity of white fruiting bushes in a garden makes their inclusion in a design alluring and certainly a conversation piece in autumn, especially when juxtaposed with more common red- or orange-berried shrubs. For best production of white berries, site plants in light and soil conditions conducive for flower production and encourage pollinators by not using deadly chemicals in the garden.
Growing 3 to 6 feet tall and equally wide with a floppy habit, snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) produces clusters of white berries that resemble popcorn. Snowberry is native to woodlands from Nova Scotia to Alberta and south to Minnesota and Virginia. Lots of twiggy shoots created a somewhat leggy, unkempt-looking shrub. The white berries ripen in September and persist only into late November, according to Michael Dirr, American woody plant expert from the University of Georgia. Each ivory berry measures about 1/2 inch in diameter. Grow snowberry in a partial shade location in a moist soil in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 7.
Technically a species of blueberry, deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum) isn't usually cultivated but is encountered in the woodlands across the eastern United States. Variable in habit and size at maturity, deerberry may grow anywhere from 2 to 15 feet tall and wide. It grows in dappled shade and moist, sandy, acidic soils in USDA zones 5 though 9. The white to faintly purple fruits measure 1/3 inch in diameter and may be spherical or gently pear shaped.
Usually associated with blackberries, inkberry (Ilex glabra) grows in sunny or lightly shaded locations in any soil type. White-berry forms and cultivars exist and look more ornamental in the garden compared to the black-fruited types. Cultivars Ivory Queen, Leucocarpa and Alba bear white berries that contrast the evergreen leaves. Native from Nova Scotia to Florida and Mississippi and grown in USDA zones 4b through 9a, inkberry matures to be 6 to 8 feet tall and 8 to 10 feet wide.
Tartarian dogwood (Cornus alba) produces loose clusters of tiny white berries on branch tips. Rarely, the fruits are faintly blue tinted. Native to eastern Asia, this shrubby species matures to be 8 to 10 feet tall and 5 to 10 feet wide. Grow it in sunny locations in any soil type across USDA zones 2 through 7a. An American native known as grey dogwood (Cornus racemosa) produces off-white or grey-white berries on a plant 10 to 15 feet tall and equally wide in USDA zones 4b through 8.
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