Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate growing 4 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Ornamental Berries
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
Botanical Pronunciation:sim-for-ee-KAR-poss
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate growing 4 ft. tall and wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer
Flower color:Pink
Flower attributesFlowers for Cutting
Garden styleCottage
Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Design IdeasNative, Snowberries are essential to North American wild landscapes because they naturalize so well. A superbly beautiful addition to wildlife habitat gardens as a late season food source for many species. Improved color and form has boosted them into high status in traditional shrub borders for late season interest. Planted as a low informal hedge or arrange in irregular groupings. A fresh new candidate for foundation planting. Add to any garden for a ready supply of colorful cut berry sprays for autumn decorating.
Companion PlantsSnowberry works well with other northern natives in wild or tame garden settings. Pair with Apple Serviceberry, Witch Hazel, American Cranberrybush, Hyssop, Bunchberry and Potentilla. Offset the beautiful blush berries with fall colored foliage plants like Dogwood, Northern Highbush Blueberry and Deutzia.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear to shape in early spring.Pruning time: early spring.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
History:
Symphoricarpos are native to North America and were first improved by the breeding work of G.A. Doorenbos in the 1940's. The native habitat runs from Nova Scotia to Alberta, south to Minnesota and Virginia and in the western North America from Southwestern Alaska to Southern California. Snowberry is a member of the Honeysuckle family and got its name from the inside of the fruit which looks like snow when broken open. Scarlet Pearl came to Monrovia from a breeding program in the Netherlands where it is prized in the cut flower industry. Virtually all Native American tribes within its range used this plant as a medicinal for treating a wide variety of illnesses from upset stomach to eye inflammation. It is warned that ingestion of the berries could cause mild illness and is not advised.