Luxury Dornbose Snowman Necklaces
Snow-berries are one of the most spectacular decorative berry bushes. But even in the family of this recognized favorite, decorated with a necklace of berries, there are stars. The most beautiful pink berries are characteristic of Dorenbose hybrid snow-berries. Catchy, compact, with an elegant crown, they offer to place unforgettable accents in garden compositions in the cold season. And with all its superdecorative fruits, these snow-berries are characterized by their unpretentiousness, endurance, and will suit even the most inexperienced gardeners.
Accents with beautiful berries
Snow berries are one of the most beautiful garden shrubs, the main feature of which is considered not berries or foliage, but berries. The luxurious, rounded fruits and the truth of these beauties literally hide branches and leaves beneath them; they seem like a magnificent necklace, a scattering of beads or pearls. But the snow-berries were famous not only for the beauty and quantity of fruits, but also for the fact that the fruits of this bush last almost until spring. Sheltered by a snow blanket through which the fruits of a snowman glisten - an unforgettable decoration of the garden in the coldest time of the year.
Despite being the toughest and most versatile of the 15 species snow berry white (Symphoricarpos albus) remains the most widespread, in recent years, hybrid forms of the snowberry are much more in demand. Lower, lush, they give a plentiful harvest and twice as many berries than the base plants. And unusual colors, improved decorativeness in other seasons easily overshadow the "ordinary" competitors. A special place among the symphoricarpus hybrids is occupied by Dorenboza's snow-berries, with luxurious and delicate pink and white colors, which seem modern and romantic at the same time.
Snowy Dorenbose (symphoricarpos x doorenbosii, the English name Doorenbos Hybrids is also often found) - a small but very bright group of Dutch varieties of snow berries, bred by long-term selection by Mr. Dorenbos. One of the main advantages of all varieties is compactness. In height, the bushes are most often limited to 80 cm-1 m, although on the best soils, individual varieties can stretch up to 1.5 m at a very old age. The snow-berry of this species is characterized by a spectacular, sprawling crown. Hanging, elongated, graphic branches seem modern and stylish. Thanks to the sprawling bush and shoots growing more horizontally, this snow-berry stands out clearly against the background of ordinary snow-berries. The leaves are rounded, simple, up to 4-7 cm in length, with a bluish lower edge and muffled cold, dark color on top of the leaf plates. Flowers are collected in dense brushes of inflorescences located literally along the entire length of the shoots. The flowers themselves are inconspicuous, but the mass of flowering makes the bushes unusually elegant.
The flowering palette is limited to white and pink. The flowering of Dorenboz’s snowman begins in May and lasts almost two months, ending only at the end of July. In the middle lane, a shift of dates of several weeks is possible. Fruits are tied by autumn, seem porcelain. Large, round, they are so beautiful that they instantly attract eyes. The berry-like fruits are spherical, in comfortable conditions exceed 1 cm in diameter, while smaller and larger fruits are more often found on branches. In Dorenbosa’s snow-berry plants, as in other plants of the genus, the berries stay on the branches for a very long time, they remain not only after leaf fall, but also throughout almost the entire winter. They are not poisonous, but not edible, rarely even birds are attracted.
Varieties of Dorenbosa Snowman
- “Magic berry” cultivar - uniquely bright for snow-berries, with purplish-red, radiant fruits and fairly intense pink color of inflorescences;
- the White Hedge brand captivates with white details. The special productivity allows the bush to show off with large berries, densely sitting on the shoots, and white flowering, similar to foam, only precedes the main show (the bush is very dense, upright, the branches do not bend under the weight of the berries);
- “Amethyst” variety - delicate, watercolor, with white-purple berries with uneven color, which seem to be artificial beads;
- the variety “Mother of Pearl” conquers with densely arranged large fruits of a snow-white color, according to which they seemed to have been carried with a powder puff with blush.
Dorenbosa's snow-berries in decorative gardening use:
- to create spectacular thickets, solid and dense plantings, in landscape groups and texture spots (the snow-berry releases root shoots and gradually forms more and more dense groups);
- in mixed groups with larger ornamental shrubs and woody ones, especially with coniferous plants, with which snow-bogs contrast effectively;
- in skeletal plantings as a deciduous shrub that remains attractive in winter;
- as an emphasis on flower beds and discounts;
- for borders and narrow rabatok;
- in the role of decorating decorative compositions with an emphasis on autumn and winter;
- in hedges of both landscape and strict type (“White Hedge” variety is especially good with an initially very dense bush and strong shoots that keep a straight form);
- as a honey plant.
Conditions Needed for Dorenbosa Snowman
Like all snow-breeders, the Dorenbose hybrid perfectly adapts to the conditions at the site of cultivation. They do not tolerate moist soils, but grow well on both dry and wet soils. The nutritional value of the soil directly affects the beauty and number of berries, so it is better for Dorenbosa snow-breeders to choose high-quality, fertile soils, improving them before planting. But, like any snowman, the shrub will not wither away even on scanty soil, just the same abundance of fruits cannot be achieved. As for the structure, snow-breeders grow well on loams, sandy sandstones, and in calcareous and rocky soil, practically not suffering from changes in texture within loose and light soils.
As for the light requirements, these snow-breeders grow equally well both in sunny areas and in semi-shady locations.
Shrubs gratefully respond to preplant planting improvement. in particular, deep digging, the addition of sand, compost, mineral fertilizers. But the main attention should be paid to the landing itself. Place even small seedlings of snow-berries in large planting pits with sides of 50-60 cm. When planting, you need to carefully compact the soil, and immediately after the procedure, carry out abundant watering.
The landing distance for a snowman is equal to the expected diameter of the crown - from 60 cm to 1 m or more. Even for hedges, plants are not placed closer than 60 cm from each other.
Caring for the Dorenbosa Snowman
Caring for the snowman in the gardens is practically not needed. This shrub, even in the driest periods and during extreme heat, does not require watering. Top dressing is carried out only with signs of a clear deterioration in fruiting, especially when rejuvenating the bushes. For hybrids, a standard dose of complete mineral fertilizers is sufficient in early spring. Weeding and cultivation are needed only in the first years.
Even pruning as such is not necessary for these snow-breeders. But if desired, they can be formed, in particular, to create strict curbs and hedges from them, because Dorenboz hybrids are not afraid of cutting, they grow back quickly. The optimal time for pruning is the beginning of spring, before the buds begin to bloom. For snowman berries, the maximum pruning of shoots for the purpose of formation is limited to half the length, but it is better to completely limit themselves to a quarter of the shoot. Every year in early spring, you need to clean, removing the oldest and most damaged shoots. If the shrub shows obvious signs of degeneration, produces very small leaves, poorly branches and hardly blooms, the next year you can spend a rejuvenating pruning to a height of 40-60 cm.
Wintering hybrid snowman
There is much debate about the degree of frost resistance of Dorenbose hybrids. In many respects, it depends on where you buy the shrub: local adaptation ensures that its winter hardiness will be enough for your garden. Without exception, all varieties of the Dorenboza group withstand frosts up to -34 degrees. And when freezing the ends of the branches, the snowman is well restored.
But there is one “but”: the high decorativeness of the pink berries of Dorenbose hybrids, abundant fruiting have their opposite side: in the middle lane, under the conditions of cool and short summers, bad weather in spring and late flowering, these shrubs do not always ripen well by winter, they don’t have time to prepare for unstable frost. Young bushes are especially prone to this "underriding". Under the condition of thick snow shelter, they are not afraid of frost at the same time: only snowless winters present a danger to Dorenboz's snow berry.
Taking into account all the factors, some gardeners grow this group of snowman with a light shelter, which allows to achieve full preservation of shoots. Since the branches of almost all Dorenbose snow-breeders are flexible and thin, they are easy to bend to winter. Minimum shelter - earthing up the base of the bushes and backfilling with dry leaves. If possible, in the first years after planting, to cover the plant with spruce branches and burlap, even extreme winters will not be afraid of him. But such a shelter is advisable only for young bushes, and this is not about protection against death, but only from freezing of shoots, which Dorenbos hybrids are not afraid of. So the appropriateness of the measures must be judged in each case.
Pest and Disease Control
Dorenbosa's snow-berries are characterized by increased resistance, they are very rarely ill and only in the vicinity of infected crops.
Reproduction of Dorenboza
Like all hybrid plants, Dorenbosa snow-breeders are best propagated vegetatively (the seed method does not guarantee the preservation of varietal characteristics). To obtain a new generation of shrubs, you can use:
- root offspring (snow-breeders give an active shoot and constantly grow);
- the separation of adult, overgrown bushes (only if the bush gives active growth and on bushes older than 4-5 years);
- cuttings (green or lignified cuttings require treatment with a growth stimulator and planting to a depth of 0.5 cm in nutrient soil).