Snowman - also decorative in winter
Agree, few plants can boast that even in winter they do not lose their decorative effect. And the snowman holds its berries firmly on the branches even in winter, decorating the street and the yard. But the main thing is that this plant is not some fastidious and thermophilic plant, but rather common among us and, what is important, completely unpretentious in care.
Snowberryor a snowfield or a snow berry (Symphoricarpos) - genus of deciduous shrubs, family Honeysuckle (Caprifoliaceae).
- Description of the Snowman
- Growing a snowman
- Propagation of the snowman
- The use of a snowman in design
Description of the Snowman
In decorative gardening, the greatest interest is snow berry white (Symphoricarpos albus) The bush reaches a height of up to 1.5 m. It has thin long thick branches that form a beautiful openwork crown, the leaves are rounded - dark green above and bluish below. Inflorescences are brushes located in the axils of leaves, flowers are small, pink, bell-shaped, nondescript. Flowering is long.
The main decoration of this plant is the fruit: unusually beautiful, snow-white, up to 1 cm in diameter, collected in clusters. Under the weight of the berries, the branches even bend. Ripen in late August. By the way, the white color of berries is a rather rare phenomenon in plants. True, despite its name, there are also red-fruited species.
Fruits and blooms snowman every year, starting from the age of 3. In August, you can observe both flowering and the appearance of berries. Its fruits are not consumed. But the birds willingly eat them. In addition, this plant is a good honey plant.
Snowberry rounded (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus) is also known as the “Coral-berry”. It is less winter-hardy than Snow-white berry, it can freeze to the level of snow, and in severe winters to the base, but is suitable for planting in the middle lane of the European part of Russia.
Small-leaved Snow-berry (Symphoricarpos microphyllus) distributed in North America - Mexico, Guatemala, New Mexico. Sometimes found at an altitude of 3200 m above sea level. This is the southernmost species of the genus.
Growing a snowman
The bush can grow on almost any soil, tolerates even stony and limestone. He likes sunny areas, but also grows in partial shade. The plant is resistant to drought, gas pollution, which is important in large cities. Only the bushes in the first 3-4 days after planting and sometimes young plants need watering.
In spring, at the same time as digging up tree-trunk circles, snow bushes can be fertilized. Care for them is the timely formation of the crown, cutting old branches, removing root shoots. The plant tolerates a haircut, but curly pruning is better to start no earlier than 2 years of age. Life expectancy is 50-60 years.
Propagation of the snowman
The snowman reproduces by seeds, cuttings, root cuttings, dividing the bush. Seeds are sown both in spring and autumn, but they need stratification during spring planting.
In autumn, the fruits immediately after harvest are shallowly sown in the soil. Sprinkle with sawdust on top or cover with dry leaves. Shoots that appeared in the spring grow quite quickly and by the fall reach 25-30 cm in height.
The use of a snowman in design
A plant is planted both in single and group plantings, in the background is a flower garden, from which spectacular hedges are obtained. Thanks to the root processes, it gradually forms large groups. The distance from plant to plant in the group is 0.7-1.2 m, in hedges - 0.4-0.6 m. These bushes are also planted to strengthen the slopes and banks.
Snowman is a wonderful backdrop for vibrant perennials. It goes well with many other decorative bushes. For example, imagine what a spectacular contrast this bush will create with its dazzling white berries against the background of rich red berries of mountain ash or hawthorn.
By the way, it is great for creating bouquets and flower arrangements; its cut branches stand for a long time in the water.