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Products > Symphoricarpos 'Betsy's Berry'
Symphoricarpos 'Betsy's Berry' - Betsy's Snowberry

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckles)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Flower Color: Pinkish White
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Symphoricarpos 'Betsy's Berry' (Betsy's Snowberry) - A spreading delicately branched deciduous shrub 2 to 3 feet tall with rounded green 1 inch long leaves and tight clusters of small bell-shaped pink flowers followed by 3/8 inch rounded crinkled pinkish purple berries. This plant was discovered in the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (SBBG # 02-271) by Elizabeth (Betsy) Collins, the Living Collections Manager. It was initially thought to be a dark berried form of our California native Symphoricarpos mollis but it turns out to be a form of the eastern Snowberry, Symphoricarpos orbiculatus, often called the coral snowberry for its pink fruit, or a hybrid. The accession records at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, which normally are extremely thorough, do not indicate where this plant came from or when it was planted, though the stand of it in the Arroyo section of the garden indicates that it has been there for some time. Plant in light shade to coastal full sun with regular irrigation but it does better if planted in light shade with occasional irrigation. Tolerant of a wide range of soils. Cold hardy to less than 10 F.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Symphoricarpos 'Betsy's Berry'.