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Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii 'Mother of Pearl'


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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (15119)

Plant details

This is a hybrid derived partly from the common snowberry, S. albus var. laevigatus, and sometimes known simply as Doorenbos Hybrids. Like many snowberries, this is grown mainly for its berries, which are white with a distinct pink flush, and very numerous. The comparatively insignificant blush white flowers are attractive on examination, and very popular with bees and other pollinating insects. Although an excellent choice for difficult soils and sites, such as beneath trees, this outstanding hybrid deserves prominence as a specimen shrub. To propagate, take cuttings in summer or autumn.

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Symphoricarpos

Species: x doorenbosii

Cultivar: Mother of Pearl

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to take cuttings: June to November

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