Shrubs With White Berries

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Shrubs With White Berries
Plump white berries are very distinctive. (white berries image by maureen dainty from

Among the endless varieties of shrubs on the planet, some produce arrays of flowers and fruit from stems. White berries are one of the rarer varieties of fruit to be found on a shrub, and although some may not be edible, they can still be used for decorative purposes, both inside and outside the house.

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Gray Dogwood

Dogwood shrubs come in dozens of varieties and can be found growing throughout the United States and Canada. The grey dogwood, or the northern swamp dogwood as it's sometimes called, is specific to the eastern section of the two countries. This shrub produces a distinct round, white berry from equally distinct red stems. These fruits are usually green until late summer, after all the flowers have bloomed, when they turn white before dropping to the ground. The berries are often consumed by birds but are considered mildly toxic to people.


The snowberry, known scientifically as Symphoricarpos, is a member of the honeysuckle family of shrubs. Like dogwoods, this shrub is most commonly found in North and Central America and produces a round, white berry, about 1 to 2cm in diameter, with a texture similar to that of a cranberry. The reason these berries are referred to as snowberries is because, when broken open, their insides resemble minute piles of snow. The snowberry shrub is a known source of food for small fowl such as quails and pheasants.

American Beautyberry

While beautyberry shrubs, in general, can be found throughout the world, including in Asia and Europe, the American beautyberry, as its name would suggest, is found specifically in North America. Not only are the name and location different, but the American version of the shrub produces white berries, while most other varieties produce bright purple or red fruit. All beautyberries range from 2 to 5mm in diameter and clump together like bunches of grapes. The American beautyberries have been used in different flavours of jelly.

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