It has an erect posture and develops dense and wide ramifications; the stems are tender and arched; the leaves are oval, and sometimes have a lobed margin, of a dark green colour; the bark is brownish-grey, paler in the young branches.
At the beginning of summer, it produces small clusters of greenish-white flowers at the leaf axil, which at the end of the summer will give way to decorative round purple berries, white in S. albus, waxy, which remain on the plant for several weeks.
The roots of symphoricarpos are rhizomatous, and therefore tend to widen under the ground, giving rise to new plants; the arched branches tend to root when they come into contact with the ground.
Symphoricarpos plants prefer sunny locations, although they can develop in mid-shade areas. It is important that the shrubs can enjoy a few hours of light per day, to allow them to grow properly.
The shrubs of syphoricarp they don’t fear the cold, they can resist also to particularly rigid temperatures, but for the youngest specimens, it is advisable to protect the root system with a correct mulching, so that the intense cold doesn’t undermine its development.
To obtain a harmonious development, it is good to remember to cut the numerous suckers that grow at the base of the stem, also as suckers along the roots.
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The plants of Symphoricarpos, placed in a sunny position, are to be watered quite regularly during the warm months of the year; if instead the shrub of syphoricarp has been planted in an area of half shade, it is advisable to intervene with a smaller quantity of water and check that there are no dangerous stagnations of water that could compromise the health. In winter, it is advisable to suspend watering to leave the plant with the correct period of vegetative rest.
The Symphoricarpos shrubs mainly love loose, rich and well-drained soils, preferably moist; however, they adapt to most garden soils.
It is good to check that when you proceed with watering, there is no water stagnation that could contribute to undermining the health and proper development of the plant.
When planting them, it is advisable to enrich the soil with mature organic fertilizer and mix with a little sand.
The multiplication of this variety of plants happens by seed, even if more often it is possible to proceed by cutting or by division of the rhizomes. Another technique widely used to multiply the syphoricarp is to proceed with the removal of the soothers that will then be planted in special containers to obtain a new rooting. After these have acquired sufficient strength, they can be planted permanently.
Symphoricarp – Symphoricarpos: Parasites and diseases
This type of shrub is quite resistant and is hardly attacked by pests and diseases. In poorly ventilated areas, the Symphoricarpos plants can be attacked by cochineals; sometimes the leaves show signs of scab.
In these cases it is necessary to intervene promptly to eliminate the problem at its root and effectively combat it with the use of specific products.