Charming Fantasy Snowberry
Charming Fantasy Snowberry
Symphoricarpos 'Kolcharm' Plant Patent #13,204Item #1767 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
Light pink summer blooms followed by abundant large, pink-blushed ornamental fruit in fall. A unique specimen in the winter garden when the leafless stems are blanketed by the attractive fruit. Berries provide food for migrating birds. Berry-filled stems are excellent in floral arrangements. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:sim-for-ee-KAR-possPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:PinkPatent 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)
- CareCare InformationGrows 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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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