Trees and shrubs

Symphorine, the pearl tree


Snowberry is well known for the pretty berries it offers in late summer and winter.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Symphoricarpos
Family : Caprifoliaceae
Type : Shrub

Height
: 2 m
Exposure : Sunny, partial shade
Ground : Ordinary

Foliage
: Expired -Flowering : Summer

Particularly suitable for hedge or isolated culture, it will also attract birds to your garden.

Planting snowberry

Unimportant, in spring or fall but avoid periods of frost or strong heat to plant.

Prefer a rather sunny or slightly shaded location, the snowberry perfectly tolerates the undergrowth.

  • Follow our advice planting shrubs.
  • Water regularly the 1st year after planting

Snowberry cutting:

It is quite possible to multiply your snowberry, this technique is very accessible with this shrub.

  • Multiplication by cuttings at the end of summer and in autumn
  • Take cuttings of 10-15 cm from the branches of the year
  • Place the cuttings, in a bucket, in a special soil for sowing and cutting
  • Leave cuttings outdoors without direct sunlight and keep the substrate moist
  • Transplant in the ground the following spring or in a larger pot and wait an additional year before planting.

Pruning and maintenance of the snowberry

Caring for the snowberry is fairly straightforward, especially when it is properly installed.

No pruning is really essential, but growing in hedges often requires regular pruning.

  • If you want to balance or reduce the antlers, prefer a pruning in early spring.
  • For snowflakes planted alone, ventilate the heart of the shrub to allow light to pass through.
  • Avoid pruning in the summer otherwise you will not have berries.
  • Remove dead wood and the most fragile branches as you go

To know about the symphorine

Also called the Pearl Tree, this shrub is often noted for the white or pink berries it offers in late summer that can remain on the shrub throughout the winter.

Although the flowering is not spectacular, it has the advantage of being generous and particularly honey-bearing.

In beds, in pots or isolated, it will find its perfect place in your garden.

But the snowberry also appreciates the edges of rivers where it forms natural hedges.

White berries are poisonous because they contain alkaloids which, when swallowed, cause vomiting, especially in children.

Some interesting varieties of snowberry include:

  • Symphoricarpos albus: Vigorous, it offers pretty creamy white berries in winter
  • Symphoricarpos chenaultii: Its fruits are pink and its habit rather spread out, even ground cover
  • Symphoricarpos orbicalitus: Recognizable by its deep pink fruits

Advice about the symphorine

Do not swallow the berries because they are toxic and therefore are not edible!


Also read on shrubs:

  • Tips for properly pruning shrubs
  • Flowering shrub ideas for a hedge
  • The hedge, the best defense against disease
  • Summer flowering shrubs

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