Symphoricarpos orbiculatusItem #7174 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 7
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Attractive, arching shrub provides wonderful cool-season show with profusion of purple-red fruit clusters. Good in informal or naturalized areas, effective erosion control. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Moderate grower to 3 to 5 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:sim-foh-ri-KAR-pos or-bi-kew-LAY-tusPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 21Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 3 to 5 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasThis is a beautiful native to integrate into the widllife garden. Stands nicely in wild gardens, in woodland's edge and along waterways. Makes a nice shrub for back of beds and borders where the color can be seen in season without litter in the foreground. A superior plant for fresh cut sprays indoors.Companion PlantsSilver Cloud Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Silver Cloud') makes a good companion with its early spring bloom. On the shady side, try Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus floridus) with its fragrant flowers.For a sunnier spot, use the Dwarf Pink Flowering Almond (Prunus glandulosa 'Rosea Plena').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:This very cold hardy shrub is native to a wide range from New Jersey to Georgia and west to Texas, extending south into Mexico. It is classified into the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae. The genus was named from the Greek for bear-together referring to the clustered fruit. There are sixteen species native to the Americas. S. orbiculatus was classified simultaneously by Michaux, Linnaeus and finally Moench whose designation is the one used today.Lore:Due to high saponin content these berries were not consumed by Native Americans. Infusion of the inner bark was occasionally used as an eye wash by various tribes.