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Snowberry

Snowberry LuberaWhen you buy a snowberry, you get an easy to care for care shrub that impresses with its simple beauty.

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Mother of Pearl Snowberry 'Amethyst'®

Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii 'Amethyst'® has pink berries

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...A snowberry produces small, pale pink flowers until August, which are a wonderful source of nectar for bees. The berries (actually drupes) in white, red or purple sit like pearls on the bush and are an enchanting eye-catcher on the winter-bare branches. The shrub is also known as waxberry or ghostberry and the berries make a sound when they burst, which is particularly exciting for children.
Few other shrubs are able to withstand full sun and shade like these plants. In addition, the plants cope well with temporary drought and with the root pressure of larger trees - it is a real all-rounder.
The name 'snowberry' is actually only applicable to the white-fruited varieties (e.g. 'White Hedge'), but it is only a trivial name. Numerous, attractive cultivars with pink or purple fruits can also be found in the genus Symphoricarpos. The upright and bushy growing shrubs are well suited for planting individually or as part of smaller hedges. Many varieties appear very elegant with their growth form, as they have dense and arched, overhanging branches. Snowberries also look particularly distinctive as a background planting along fences.
 

Buy snowberry - an undemanding ornamental shrub with beautiful fruits

In the Lubera® garden shop you will find many cultivated forms of snowberries, which are a beautiful eye-catcher in every garden:
If you are looking for a variety with tightly upright growth, 'White Hedge' is just the right shrub for you. Very ornamental are the lush, white fruits that appear in autumn.
The purple snowberry 'Amethyst' develops strikingly beautiful, purple berries and is a medium-high shrub that can be used for low hedges.
The varieties 'Hancock' and 'Arvid' are special, as they are more like classic ground covers.

Things to know

Most species of snowberries, including the common type, originally come from
North America and Mexico. They belong tSnowberry Luberao the honeysuckle family. The 'laevigatus' variety of the common type was already planted in Europe in the 19th century. In the meantime, there are many crosses available, which show larger and also more colourful fruits in different growth heights and shapes.
Snowberry bushes with pink or purple berries have leaves that are oval and blue-green. Water collects on them - a beautiful lotus effect can be observed. Their pea-sized drupes (not berries in the botanical sense!) appear between July and October close together at the end of the branches. The seeds they contain are distributed by birds, among others, and are only accepted as a food source when there is a shortage of food.
In the first half of the year, this plant is rather inconspicuous, as its pretty, bell-shaped flowers, which appear in pinkish white, are quite small. However, the flowers attract a variety of pollinators. In the winter, the snowberry presents its beautiful berry fruits, which are especially effective near evergreen shrubs such as thuja. The special design feature of using snowberries is that they do not create sharp-edged hedges, but rather soft shapes. It can also grow freestanding. 

Soil and location

When you buy this plant (or its red-fruited relatives), you get undemanding representatives for your garden. Symphoricarpos makes no special demands on the soil. It can be slightly alkaline, neutral or slightly acidic. Waterlogging should be avoided.
This resistant shrub can also tolerate a rather lean and dry soil. For this reason, the woody plants are also used for pioneer plantings. A dry, sandy soil may have a relatively large number of runners - you should remove these regularly and improve the soil, e.g. with compost. Ideally, snowberries grow in a sunny location, but they also feel comfortable in partial shade under large trees. They even thrive in the shade, but you can expect less fruit to be produced there.

Planting

For a hedge, place the snowberries at intervals of half the expected growth height. This is a shallow rooting plant and can, therefore, be easily transplanted. Snowberries usually form runners; it is best to plant them in a relatively open area so that neighbours and neighbouring plants are not affected. However, the runners can easily be kept in check with a lawnmower, for example.

Care and fertilisation

A snowberry needs hardly any care. Apart from an occasional pruning and the removal of runners, you can leave the bushes to themselves. Only in the period after planting should you water regularly. In a nutrient-poor soil, you should fertilise the snowberry in the spring and again in the summer. In nutrient-rich soil, fertilisation can be dispensed with altogether. The plants are grateful for a layer of mulch, which is applied in the spring. Pull out runners as soon as possible - this way you can stop them from spreading early.

Pruning

Cutting back and shaping the plant can be carried out on the snowberries at any time without any problems. Complete pruning is also possible.
Once a year, preferably in the spring, you should give a cut. The pruning can be moderate or vigorous, depending on the height at which you want to keep your hedge or solitary shrub. If you cut back radically, the snowberry will grow back relatively quickly. However, fewer berries are produced in the year of pruning. When pruning, you should know that very strong pruning promotes the formation of runners, especially on dry soils. Pruning directly after flowering is recommended if you want to keep the plants compact.

Toxins

You should be a little cautious if you have children - the fruits are slightly poisonous. They contain saponins and other substances that can also be harmful to horses.
If consumed, they can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. Irritations of mucous membranes can also occur.

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