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Plant Species of the genus Symphoricarpos

Information about this genus
Name: Symphoricarpos
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Most species are very frost hardy and prefer to grow in a distinctly seasonal temperate climate. They are not fussy about soil type as long as it is well-drained, but will crop more freely if fed well and watered during dry spells. Plant in sun or partial shade and prune or trim to shape in winter after the fruit has past its best. Propagation is most often from winter hardwood cuttings.
Description: Allied to the honeysuckles (Lonicera) and differing scientifically in small floral and fruiting details only, the 17 deciduous shrubs in this genus do, however, look quite distinctively different from honeysuckles and the two are unlikely to be confused by gardeners. They are mainly found in North and Central America, with 1 species from China. They have opposite pairs of usually simple leaves with blunt rounded tips, sometimes with a slightly glaucous coloration and downy undersides. The small white or pink flowers that appear in spring may be carried singly or in clusters and are showy enough, but it is the fruit that follows, rather than the flowers, that is really the main feature of most species. The berry-like drupes are near-spherical and, because most birds find them unappealing, they last well into winter and stand out clearly on the then leafless stems.

Specie Vernacular Zone
albus 3?9
occidentalis western snowberry
orbiculatus 3?9
Symphoricarpos 3 chenaultii 5-9
Symphoricarpos 3 doorenbosii 4?9

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