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Creeping Snowberry
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About Creeping Snowberry (Symphoricarpos mollis) 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

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry open places

Part Shade

Elevation ?
13' - 11042'

Annual Precip. ?
11.1" - 152.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 5.80"

Coldest Month ?
22.9° F - 57.0° F

Hottest Month ?
45.1° F - 78.8° F

Humidity ?
0.14 vpd - 26.18 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils

Fast, Medium, Slow

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

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

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.

Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Groundcovers, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Other Names
Botanical Names
Symphoricarpos acutus|Symphoricarpos hesperius

Common Names
Trip Vine, Southern California Snowberry

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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