Growing Snowberry

Growing Snowberries

Candy Coralberry

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Hardy ornamental fruiting shrubs available in both white (Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus, 20970) and pink-flowered (Candy Coralberry, Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii, 20965) forms. Both are summer-blooming and can be used for hedges, screening, specimen plants, and massing. Produces waxy berries that remain on stems and provide winter interest. Fruiting stems also make interesting cut flowers. Candy Coralberry is hardy in zones 4 to 9, and Snowberry is hardy in zones 3 to 7. Plant potted Symphiocarpus outdoors after the last frost in spring, and bare root plants 4 to 8 weeks earlier in a planting hole 12 to 18 inches wide and 12 inches deep amended with compost or other organic matter. Set with the roots slightly deeper than when grown in the nursery.

Maintenance

For full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Best berry production is in full sun. Drought-tolerant once established and tolerates poor, low-fertility soils. Usually not fed on by deer. Flowers and fruits on first year growth, and up to a third of the older stems can be removed in late winter to early spring to keep plants vigorous. Can be cut back completely to renovate plants if vigor or flowering decline. 

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165), Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other shrubs with good winter interest include Bergeson Compact Dogwood (20329), Ninebark, and Rhododendron.

Complimentary Products

Light feeders that benefit from occasional fertilization. Other shrubs used for cut flowers include Butterfly Bush, Forsythia, and Lilac. 

Snowberry Facts

Usually free of significant problems. Anthracnose, leaf spot, powdery mildew, and rust sometimes occur. Snowberry is a North American native species, while Candy Coralberry is a hybrid created from Snowberry and other species.

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