Amethyst Snowberry

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Snowberry Amethyst (Symphoricarpos 'Kordes' )
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Amethyst Snowberry is a new selection of snowberry that gets to about 2-3' tall if cut back each spring before new growth begins. This plant will get to be about 4' tall if not cut back. Great shade plant with dark green leaves. Outstanding fruit display long into winter, purplish-pink in color. Mildew resistant. Excellent if used for mass planting in the landscape.

Planting & Care for Deciduous Shrub – Snowberry

Preparation

  • Plant snowberries in full sun or partial shade.
  • The shrubs are found naturally along stream banks and in swampy thickets, but they thrive in dry areas as well. They will tolerate a wide range of soil types, but prefer clay, and will grow well in sandy and rocky soils.
  • Even though wildlife enjoys eating the fruit of the snowberry bush, it is poisonous to humans and should never be eaten.
  • Snowberries grow about 3 feet tall and 6 feet wide, but you should plant them a little further apart. You’ll need room for maintenance and space to allow good air circulation to help cut down on the incidence of disease.

Opening Plant Material

  • Bare Root - Cut open the bundle (top and roots are tied) and separate all the plants. Soak roots in buckets of water until planted. Each plant type will be labeled separately for identification. Do not expose the roots to sun. They should never dry out. Keep roots covered. All bare-root plants must be trimmed when planted. 

Planting Bare Root

  • Plant Bare root in fall. A good indicator if you can still plant is if the ground is still workable you’re good to go. If a hard frost is expected be sure to hold off on planting.
  • Dig a hole at least 6" wider and the same depth as the root mass. The crown or graft of the plant should be slightly higher than ground level where it was grown at the nursery.
  • Trim off the broken roots and branches.
  • Place fertilizer packets in hole (if purchased). Do not place other fertilizers in the planting hole. *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Spread the roots and fill halfway with soil, then water until soil settles completely saturating the soil and planting pit.
  • Re-adjust plant and fill the hole with the rest of the soil.
  • Back fill the balance of the soil and water well. 
  • See our link below “Handling & Planting Guidelines” for illustrations on planting.   

Pruning - After Planting

  • Bare Root - Prune ALL bare root plants to reduce transplant shock and ensure success. Pruning should occur either before or as soon after planting as possible. All pruning should be done with a sharp pruning shears.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Prune regularly to remove diseased and damaged parts of the shrub. Where diseases like powdery mildew are serious problems, try to open up the shrub to allow better air circulation.
  • Remove suckers as they appear.

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

 

Go to our "Plant Features & Video Tab" for more information & tips on caring and maintaining this plant.

Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos on Deciduous Shrubs - Snowberry

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • Amethyst Snowberry is a new selection of snowberry that gets to about 2-3' tall if cut back each spring before new growth begins.
  • This plant will get to be about 4' tall if not cut back.
  • Great shade plant with dark green leaves.
  • Outstanding fruit display long into winter, purplish-pink in color.
  • Mildew resistant.
  • Excellent if used for mass planting in the landscape.
  • The shrub blooms in spring, with small but dense clusters of bell-shaped, flowers at the ends of the branches.
  • In fall, the flowers are replaced by clusters of berries. The berries are the showiest feature of the shrub and last well into winter.
  • Plant snowberries in full sun or partial shade.
  • The shrubs are found naturally along stream banks and in swampy thickets, but they thrive in dry areas as well. They will tolerate a wide range of soil types, but prefer clay, and will grow well in sandy and rocky soils.
  • Even though wildlife enjoys eating the fruit of the snowberry bush, it is poisonous to humans and should never be eaten.
  • Snowberries grow about 3 feet tall and 6 feet wide, but you should plant them a little further apart. You’ll need room for maintenance and space to allow good air circulation to help cut down on the incidence of disease.
  • Prune regularly to remove diseased and damaged parts of the shrub. Where diseases like powdery mildew are serious problems, try to open up the shrub to allow better air circulation.
  • Remove suckers as they appear.

Watch our Video on how to plant & care for a bare root plant

ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 3-7

Bloom Time: July
Color: Green, Pink, Purple
Plant Size: 2-3' tall & wide (will grow larger if not pruned)
Flower Color: Pink
Fruit: Pink-purple
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes
Attracts Butterflies: Yes
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: No

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