Friday, February 5, 2021

Snowberry Bush ( Symphoricarpos )

 

While the snow lies outside the window, I want to think again what kind of plants I will plant in the new garden. So I decided to tell you about my favorite shrub. I love this decorative bush Symphoricarpos or Snowberry. 

Snowberry Bush with white fruit (Symphoricarpos albus) grows quickly, is unpretentious to growing conditions, photophilous, prefers calcareous soils. Well tolerates haircuts, shaping. Sometimes suffers from frost, but recovers quickly. It reproduces well and quickly by layering, stem cuttings, dividing the bush and seeds.

It blooms in summer with small pink flowers that make all pollinators happy. When comes autumn snow-white round waxy berries appear and persist until spring on Snowberry branches. Birds, small mammals eat them during winter cold months.

I want to have more Snowberry to landscape the new garden. There is only one adult snowberry bush in my garden. You may remember my summer nursery where I showed young Snowberry bushes for the new garden.

 

 Another variety is Symphoricarpos orbiculatus with red or pink fruit. At its home in North America, it is called the Indian currant, a coral berry. It grows on dry sandy and rocky soils, along river banks and in meadows. 

 

It is a rather tall shrub with thin shoots and small leaves. The flowers are as small as that of the white, and are collected in dense, short inflorescences. Berries are purple-red or coral, with a bluish bloom. 

In autumn, this shrub is also very beautiful - thin shoots with purple leaves are strewn with red berries along the entire length. Rounded Snowberry is somewhat less winter-hardy than white one.

 

The fruit of the Snowberry is inedible, but if you wish, you can try the berry, nothing will happen. Just make sure that the taste is very unpleasant. Some birds that feed on berries in winter, such as waxwings, do not disdain Snowberries, but they only eat seeds.

Do you grow this plant in your garden? Would you like to have it? What is your experience?


44 comments:

  1. Надежда, этой снежной ягоды у меня нет. Когда строился наш новый годов, то была программа озеленения .И этим замечательным растением засадили большие площади около домов .Сейчас прошло много лет и он кое-где сохранился.

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    1. Да, Надежда, снежноягодник был очень востребован в озеленении в советское время. И потом незаслуженно забыт. Я хочу его размножить и посадить вдоль забора.

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  2. Hi Nadezda,
    No, I don't grow it in my garden. It grew here before, but I dug it up. It grew here like weed. It had spread out in many directions. Maybe it was a old form of it, I have never seen the one with pink berries. It's very beautiful. I wish you a nice weekend!

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    1. Oh, I didn't know snowberry bush is invasive. Maybe because it doesn't spread due to the climate, Marit.

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  3. We have snowberries here and they are indeed a pleasant part of the landscape. The berries are always white, however - hence the name I suppose.

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    1. You're right David. The pink variety is a hybrid one, the main variety was white.

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  4. Las recuerdo desde que era niña, pero no las tengo en el jardín. Las frutas son muy venenosas. Besos.

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    1. Sí, Teresa la fruta no debe ser consumida por humanos ni animales.

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  5. O yes, I would love to have it. We had it behind our block of flat. :) Really beautiful plant. I love plants more and more dear Nadezda. In my room I have more and more plants and love them all. :)))
    I want to wish you very happy 2021 year, all the best to you and your loved ones. :))))

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    1. Agnes, glad you love different plants, bushes and flowers.Sure your home plants are healthy and pretty.
      All the best to you and your family.

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  6. Kauniita pensaita. Minullakin on valkolumimarjapensas puutarhassamme.
    Mukavaa helmikuuta sinulle.

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    1. Kiitos, Anemone. Happy February to you too.

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  7. Hola Nadezda, conozco este arbusto que es muy bonito, no lo tengo por los niños. Bonitas fotos y feliz fin de semana. Cuidaros mucho. Besos.

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    1. Por supuesto, los niños no deberían jugar con su fruta, Lola.
      Que tenga un buen sabado.

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  8. I have seen this shrub growing down by the local pond and have always stopped to admire it’s berries and flowers. It seems to thrive there.

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    1. I'm not surprised Lee, this shrub need any soil and partial or full sun.

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  9. Good morning dear Nadezda,
    The snowberry is growing on a lot of places in the area where I live. And so is the pink one.
    Always a great pleasure to see them.
    Have a wonderful day and stay warm
    Rosehugs Marijke

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    1. I didn't know snowberry bush spreads so widely in your place, Marije.
      Happy weekend, take care.

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  10. Yes, I have it in the garden, along a wall and in the stones of the wall, but I really want to get rid of it. Snowberry is a thug, very invasive, it takes over everything. I cut it back all the time, but as soon as I cut it back if grows a few centimetres away in a new place. For me it is a horror! Mine has white berries.

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    1. Friko, interestingly, one bush grows differently in different climates. Here, where winters are cold and frosty, the snow berry is not at all aggressive and often dies after 5-6 years. I'd rather plant 2 of them near the fence.

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  11. Haven’t seen this plant. The bush with pink berries looks attractive, but in my garden I planted only two kinds of bushes: those that look effective at fall or those that have beautiful blossoms at spring

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    1. Irina, the bushes blooming in spring are pretty, I agree. At fall I rarely live in my summer cottage because this season is short here. The snowberry bush is pretty at winter as the fruits remain on the bare branches. .

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  12. Dear Nadezda,
    I have this pink berries lady in my garden. Not making problems at all if you cut it twice or three times a year. As Friko mentioned, it tends to be invasive.
    Happy garden planing days. The weather is perfect for this job.
    All my best
    Elisabeth

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    1. Winter is good for planning, Elizabeth, it's true. Sure your 'pink lady' is pretty. I'd like to grow it in my garden as well.

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  13. The snowberry is invasive here. We have suckers growing under the fence from a neighbours garden

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    1. It's a problem Sue. In mild climate this bush is invasive, I understood now.

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  14. Hi Nadezda, I have never seen this beautiful bush up close. I liked both species, they are both spectacular.
    A big hug

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    1. Yes they are Maria. Maybe you will be able to see it in other countries.

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  15. Boa tarde minha querida amiga. As fotos ficaram lindas.

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  16. Es muy bonito. En el huerto solo tenemos la Passiflora o flor de la pasión, para cubrir la pared en verano se pone preciosa y unos Pericos o Galán de noche en un rincón también florecen en verano.
    Ahora no hay nada.
    Buena noche Nadezda. Cuídate.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Laura, tu huerto te da una cosecha muy rica. Puedo imaginar cómo florece la pasiflora. No podría haber sobrevivido a nuestros inviernos.
      ¡Abrazos!

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  17. The plant you present is very popular in Poland. It is strong, resistant to heat and frost, and in winter it is decorated with white "beads." I especially liked the Symphoricarpos orbiculatus with its pink fruits. They are beautiful.
    Dear Nadezda, I send you my warm regards!

    Hugs, Anita :-))

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    1. You're right Anita. This bush is very decorative especially in winter.
      Have a nice Tuesday.

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  19. Oh these shrubs are really beautiful and decorative!
    Great photos !
    Greetings

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  20. They look beautiful shrubs.
    Thank you for sharing them.

    All the best Jan

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