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The snowberry, also known as the firecracker, is one of the native bird bushes. The berries are eaten by many bird species. In addition, the shrubs are very decorative with the mostly bright white, unfortunately slightly poisonous fruits and the colored autumn leaves.

The snowberry is an undemanding shrub that is well suited as a hedge

For which hedges are snowberries suitable?

Snowberries are deciduous. The shrubs are not suitable as a permanent privacy screen.

The firecracker likes to be grown in natural hedges, which primarily serve as food for birds and other insects.

Plant snowberries 50 to 100 centimeters away from other hedge plants. The gaps close up quite quickly because of the rapid growth.

Plant snowberries in the hedge

Snowberries are very undemanding shrubs. You can get along in almost any location. They do not make high demands on the soil conditions.

The firecracker is a typical shrub for beginners. Even if you're new to ornamental shrubs, you won't have any trouble growing snowberries.

Unlike many other bird shrubs, the snowberry also thrives in shady regions. You can therefore plant them as hedges anywhere else almost nothing will grow.

Combine snowberries with other bird bushes

Snowberries do particularly well in combination with other bird shrubs, such as:

  • cornel
  • elder
  • currant
  • rowanberry
  • snowball

Snowberries require little maintenance

Snowberries are fast growing. They increase in height by up to 50 centimeters a year.

The snowberry in the hedge hardly needs care. Other than an occasional pruning and removing runners, you can leave the shrubs to their own devices. Watering is only necessary in very dry summers. You can also do without fertilizing.

Cut the snowberry in the hedge into shape by April or from mid-July. If pruning is occasionally necessary, you can cut the plant back to the ground. It drives out again very quickly. However, the pruning is at the expense of the berries that hang on the bushes in late summer.


The snowberry constantly produces new flowers with lots of nectar until September. This makes them particularly valuable for bees, as they can still find food here in autumn.

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