• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 3 to 5 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Ornamental Berries
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:sim-foh-ri-KAR-pos or-bi-kew-LAY-tus
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 21
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 3 to 5 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:White
    Design 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').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.