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~ The Purple or Amethyst Snowberry, Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii 'Kordes' ~

This is a new Symphoricarpos hybrid featuring clusters of unusual pastel-coloured, white-to-mauve berries in late summer and fall, lasting until winter well past leaf fall. It is sold under the trade name Amethyst, but the cultivar name is in fact 'Kordes.'

Compared to the more common cultivar 'Coralberry,' the Amethyst Snowberry has more uniform coloring, in an ever-so-slightly bluer shade of pink. The difference is real, though subtle; more importantly, Amethyst is an improvement because it produces a noticeably more abundant crop of berries. The variety was developped for the cut-flower trade! The graceful, semi-pendulous berry-laden branches can last up to 3 weeks in a floral arrangement.

This member of the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae) is useful in mass plantings or short hedges, where is takes well to pruning, blooming and fruting on first-year wood. It grows easily in average, well-drained soil in full sun to partiall shade and is reliably hardy to zone 3b.

The flowers are inconspicuous.

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Pride of Place - Photo of the cultivar 'Marleen'.

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