Snowberry

Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii | Also known as: Coralberry | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

The snow berry burst like snaps when thrown on to hard ground.

Twiggy bushes are not usually associated with the delicate floral display that Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii produces, but this hybrid offers something special. With dark green foliage that comprises small, oval leaves, it can play a valuable role as groundcover on slopes, as well as in borders and beds. Its thin, arching, woody branches become laden with small flowers in summer, usually in pink or lilac colours. By autumn, these blossoms give way to plump, round usually white berries, though this particular species provides pink fruit, earning it the name Coralberry. Adaptable to most soil types, it is ideal for barren patches. Severe pruning in winter is needed to maintain growth.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating fruits, or handling this plant, or you may have mild stomach upset and skin irritation.
Height [m]
  • 2
Spread [m]
  • 2
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Compact
  • Dense
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-7
Heat zone
  • H7-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -12
Heat days
  • 0 - 90
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Ornamental berries
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Neighbour repellant
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Banks and slopes
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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