Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest


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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Small
  • Scientific Name: Symphoricarpos albus Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Snowberry / Coralberry
  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 4-6'
  • Bloom Color: Not Applicable
  • Habit: Mounded: spreading
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Tolerates dry conditions. Full sun to shade.

  • Notes:

    Small pink flowers in June are followed by white berries which persist into winter. Limited ornamental interest and a suckering habit exclude it from consideration in most situations, but can be useful on slopes and in dry shade.

  • Two common hybrids:

    There are also two common hybrids involving these species as one of the parents: S. x doorenbosii and S. x chenaultii. They vary minimally from the two species listed here in their landscape value and uses.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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