Snowberries are little-used landscape shrubs, but that may change soon. A new line of snowberries from the Netherlands is being introduced that will expand home gardeners? options for growing these beautiful, bird-attracting shrubs.
Snowberries (Symphoricarpos) are mostly known for their ornamental berries. These new varieties feature larger, more colorful fruits. Snowberries grow 3 to 5 feet tall and spread by underground runners, so they make an excellent hedge. The stems have a graceful, arching habit. Small, pink, bell-shaped flowers open in spring and produce attractive, edible fruits in summer and fall on new growth. The berries remain on the shrubs into winter. These plants are widely adapted to many soil types and can grow in part shade to full sun in USDA zones 3 to 7.
One of the most colorful of the new varieties is 'Scarlet Pearl'. It features long-lasting dark pink fruits that look attractive in the landscape. The stems and berries also can be used to enhance cut flower arrangements indoors. ' Charming Fantasy ' is another new variety, with shell pink berries.
For more information on these new snowberries, visit: Monrovia Nursery.
Article published on April 12, 2005.