Sinforicarpo - Symphoricarpos

Sinforicarpo - Symphoricarpos

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The Symphoricarpos or sinforicarpo is a deciduous shrub that reaches two meters in height, originating in North America and China.
It has an erect habit and develops dense and wide ramifications, the stems are tender and arched; the leaves are oval, and sometimes have a lobed margin, dark green; the bark is gray-brownish, lighter in the young branches. At the beginning of the summer it produces, at the leaf axils, small clusters of greenish-white flowers, which at the end of summer will give way to decorative roundish purple-colored berries, white in S. albus, waxy, which remain on the plant for different weeks.
The roots of Symphoricarpos they are rhizomatous, and therefore tend to spread underground, giving rise to new plants; the arched branches tend to root when they come into contact with the ground.


Symphoricarpos plants prefer sunny positions, although they can develop in areas of partial shade. It is important that the shrubs can enjoy a few hours of light a day, to allow them to grow properly.
The shrubs of sinforicarpo they do not fear the cold, they are able to withstand even very cold temperatures, but for the youngest specimens, it is advisable to protect the root system with proper mulching, so that the intense cold does not weaken it.
To obtain a harmonious development it is good to remember to cut the numerous suckers that grow at the base of the stem, even as suckers along the roots.


Symphoricarpos plants placed in a sunny position should be watered quite regularly in the warm months of the year; if instead the shrub of sinforicarpo it has been planted in a half-shade area, it is advisable to intervene with a smaller quantity of water and check that no dangerous stagnation of water is formed which could compromise its health. In winter it is good to suspend the watering to leave the plant the correct period of vegetative rest.


Shrubs of Symphoricarpos predominantly love loose, rich and well-drained, preferably damp, soils; but they adapt to most of the garden soils.
It is a good idea to check that when watering is carried out, no stagnant water forms which could contribute to undermining the health and correct development of the plant.
When planting them, it is advisable to enrich the soil with mature organic fertilizer and mix with a little sand.


The multiplication of this variety of plants occurs by seed, although more often it is possible to proceed by cutting or by division of the rhizomes. Another technique widely used to multiply the sinforicarp is to proceed with the removal of the suckers which will then be planted in special containers to obtain a new rooting. After they have acquired sufficient strength, they can be permanently settled.

Sinforicarpo - Symphoricarpos: Pests and diseases

This type of shrub is rather resistant and is rarely attacked by pests and diseases. In poorly ventilated places the Symphoricarpos plants can be attacked by the cochineal; sometimes the leaves have scab marks.
In these cases it is necessary to act promptly to eliminate the root problem and effectively counteract it with the use of specific products.