Pink Snowberry Hedge Plants
Symphoricarpos x chenaultiiHedge Plants
- Tidy hedging shrub.
- White flowers & pretty pink berries.
- Grows in full shade & any soil type.
- Max. Height: 3m
- Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
Symphoricarpos x Chenaultii Hedging
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Symphoricarpos chenaultii , Snowberry, is a vigorous, medium sized, deciduous hedging shrub.
Symphoricarpos chenaultii is good for bushy hedges up to about 2.5 metres high. As a ground cover plant, it can spread up 3 metres across.
See our selection of native hedging plants or view our full range of hedging.
Symphoricarpos chenaultii hedge plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
Spacing a Symphoricarpos chenaultii hedge:
Plant Symphoricarpos chenaultii hedging at 3 plants per metre, 33cm apart.
General description of Symphoricarpos chenaultii plants:
The Pink Snowberry, Symphoricarpos chenaultii, is a vigorous, medium sized, deciduous hedging shrub. It forms dense thickets without any attention and so its often planted to provide cover for game and other wildlife. The white flowers are abundant in summer and ripen into plentiful pink berries. These aren't of much interest to birds, so they decorate the slender, arching branches until the winter frosts. The berries are edible, but they don't have much flavour and eating too many may give you an upset stomach.
History & uses of Snowberry:
Symphoricarpos is a central American plant.
Growing Symphoricarpos chenaultii plants:
This hardy little plant is happy in full shade and will grow in any soil, including chalk. It will grow quite near the sea, as long as it isn't really exposed to salt winds. It easily forms a dense hedge by producing new shoots from suckers below ground, but it isn't an aggressive plant.
Prepare your site before planting:
It is good to dig over the area where you plant a hedge several months in advance, especially if the soil is poor. Destroy the weeds first: nettles, brambles and ground elder are tough and a glyphosate based weed-killer is the best way to remove them. Then dig the soil over; remove rocks, roots and other rubbish. Mix in well rotted compost or manure down to the depth of about 2 spades. If your soil is rich, you don't have to dig it over, but killing all the weeds is still necessary.
Watch our video on how to plant a garden hedge for full details. The plants in this video are delivered pot-grown, but planting out bareroot stock is essentially the same.
Remember to water establishing plants during dry weather for at least a year after planting.
Hedge Planting Accessories:
Prepare your site for planting by killing the weeds and grass with Neudorff WeedFree Plus.
You can buy a hedge planting pack with sheets of mulch fabric and pegs to hold it down.
If you are planting in an area with rabbit and/or deer, you will need to use a plastic spiral guard for each plant, supported by a bamboo cane.
If your soil quality is poor, we recommend using mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of new trees and shrubs.
You can also improve your soil with bonemeal organic fertiliser and Growmore.
After you have planted your Symphoricarpos chenaultii hedge, the most important thing to do is water it in dry weather. You will also need to weed around the plants. Watering should be thorough, so the ground is soaked. Let the soil almost dry out before watering again. Watering & weeding will be necessary for at least a year after planting.
Trimming Formal hedge plants:
Symphoricarpos chenaultii is naturally bushy, so it doesn't need any clipping at all in its first year. In the winter of the year after planting, your young hedge should be trimmed lightly and every winter after that until it is mature.
When it is fully grown, you can clip it at anytime. You can hard prune it in March if necessary.
Special notes on caring for Symphoricarpos chenaultii hedges:
Symphoricarpos chenaultii is a very tough hedge plant that shouldn't need special attention once it has established. If you didn't use a mulch fabric, it is beneficial to mulch around the base of the hedge each year.
Hygiene & Diseases:
Dead, damaged or diseased wood can be pruned off as soon as it appears.
Disinfect your pruning tools between every cut if there is any sign of disease.
Burn or dispose of any diseased material, do not compost it.