• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Highly Ornamental Berries
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:sim-for-ee-KAR-poss
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    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. Plant 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 PlantsSpruce (Picea); Magnolia (Magnolia); Beautyberry (Callicarpa); Dogwood (Cornus); American Cranberry (Viburnum); Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in a wide range of soil types. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new spring growth. Naturally forms a thicket; suckers may be pruned to maintain size.Pruning time: 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: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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. Charming Fantasy 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.


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