Snowberry - spectacular shrub for autumn and winter

You must have seen a shrub with white berries that children love to throw on the asphalt and crush with their feet (after all, these snow balls emit an unusual cotton). Do you know what this plant is called?

Meet this snowdrop. It is also called the snowdrop, snowfield, snow berry, wolfberry.

Wild-growing snowberry lives in mountain forests and on the banks of rivers

All species of snowberry (there are about 15) in the wild grow in North and Central America, and one of them (the Chinese snowberry) is found in Western China.

In the middle lane, the snowberry is most often grown white, or brushy (Symphoricarpos albus).

Spectacular bloom

In the spring, small ovoid leaves bloom on the snowy fence; the leaves are green above and gray below. But at this time of the year the bush is still unattractive, because its foliage is inconspicuous and monotonous. All the beauty of the snowman will appear at the time of its flowering.

Snowberry blooms in the second half of summer

Small white or pink flowers, gathered in dense racemes, are located along the entire shoot. They bloom profusely and for a long time, giving the bush a very elegant look.

Every little flower does not fade for two weeks

But in the fall, these flowers are replaced by numerous fruits, thanks to which the shrub becomes even more beautiful and unusual.

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Bursting berries

Many amateur gardeners noticed long ago that not only bubble wrap (cellophane with pimples) helps calm nerves and bring thoughts in order. Bursting berries of the snow fruit have a similar property. But this is not their only advantage.

White, pink, red or black-purple spherical fruits (up to 1.5 cm in diameter) densely strew the bush and keep on the shoots for a long time, decorating the plant even after the leaves fall.

And in the second half of autumn, when the leaves turn yellow or turn red on the bush, the snowberry plays with new bright colors.

After the leaf fall, the "snow" berries remain on the bush and look very attractive, covered with frost or a thin layer of snow.

Snowfruit berries are eaten by many birds (quail, pheasant and hazel grouse in the shrub’s homeland). But for man, the fruits are poisonous.

Snowfoot Dorenbosa Mother of Pearl (Mother of Pearl)

Recently, this shrub is becoming increasingly popular in the gardens. Among all the varieties of snowberry y Mather of Pearl the largest fruits are of a very beautiful pale pink color with a reddish blush.

The Mother of Pearl snowberry has green leaves in summer and turns yellow-orange in autumn.

The diameter of the berries - up to 2 cm

Snowberry is used in single and group plantings, but best of all this shrub looks in hedges and borders.

           Green leaves            
                  White or pink flowers            
                        Yellow or red leaves   
                        White, pink, red or black-purple berries

  • The snowberry is undemanding to the type of soil and moisture, but grows better on lime soil.
  • Shrub prefers sunny places, well tolerated partial shade.
  • For the winter does not require shelter. Although it can freeze in severe winters, it recovers quickly in spring.
  • In early spring, it is recommended to cut a third of old shoots and root shoots.
  • When growing a snowberry as a hedge in summer, the plant must be cut.

Watch the video: 30 Seconds with Proud Berry (November 2019).