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Creeping Snowberry
Symphoricarpos mollis
  
About Creeping Snowberry (Symphoricarpos mollis) 21 Nurseries Carry This Plant Symphoricarpos mollis, with the common names creeping snowberry, Southern California snowberry, and trip vine, is a shrub in the Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae). It is found in western North America from British Columbia to California inland to Nevada and Idaho.

The shrub does well in warm climates and can tolerate both intense sun and constant shade. It is a plant of chaparral ecosystems, especially along coastlines.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
1 - 2 ft tall
3 - 4 ft wide

Form
Form
Spreading

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Hummingbirds like the flowers. Some birds will eat the berries if nothing else is available though they are said to taste like soap because of the saponins.

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 27 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established, Never irrigate once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils

Common uses
Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Bee Gardens, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Deer Resistant, Groundcovers, Hummingbird Gardens

Maintenance
Maintenance
Can be cut back in winter

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: Soak in concentrated H 2 S04 1 hr. (or 3-4 mos. warm stratification) and 4-6 mos. cold stratification ( Emery and Frey 1971). Easily propagated from cuttings or divisions.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 4*, 6*, 7*, 9, 14*, 15, 16, 17*, 18*, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry open places; Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Southern Oak Woodland, Chaparral

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 11.1" - 152.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 5.80", Coldest Month: 22.9" - 57.0", Hottest Month: 45.1" - 78.8", Humidity: 0.14" - 26.18", Elevation: 13" - 11042"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Symphoricarpos acutus,Symphoricarpos hesperius
Common Names: Southern California Snowberry, Trailing Snowberry, Trip Vine


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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