Symphoricarpos mollis Nutt.

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Owen Johnson (2021)

Recommended citation
Johnson, O. (2021), 'Symphoricarpos mollis' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online ( Accessed 2024-07-24.

Common Names

  • Creeping Snowberry
  • Dwarf Snowberry
  • Southern California Snowberry
  • Trip Vine


  • Symphoricarpos ciliatus Nutt.
  • Symphoricarpos albus var. mollis (Nutt.) D.D. Keck

A low, trailing and straggling plant. Shoots usually with dense, soft, short curved hairs; older bark fibrous. Leaves oval to orbicular, 10–40 × 7–30 mm, rounded to truncate at the base and blunt-tipped; upper surface finely velvety and lower surface prominently reticulate and densely velvety especially under the veins; petiole 1–3 mm, densely pubescent. Flowers April–May, paired or clustered in the upper leaf-axils; bracts and bracteoles oval to lanceolate, pubescent; calyx-lobes 0.5–0.8 mm, deltoid, obtuse, ciliate; corolla reddish, pink or whitish, 3–5 mm long, asymmetrical, broadly bell-shaped, glabrous outside; lobes obtuse, 2–3 mm, sparsely hairy inside, equalling the tube in length. Stamens nearly as long as the corolla-lobes; anthers as long as the free part of the filament; style glabrous, 2 mm, as long as the corolla-tube; fruit white, 4–6 mm wide; nutlets oval, smooth, 2.5–3 × 1.5–2 mm. (Jones 1940).

Distribution  Canada British Columbia, near southern coasts. United States California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, mostly near the coast.

Habitat Coastal chaparral habitats.

USDA Hardiness Zone 6

RHS Hardiness Rating H4

Conservation status Least concern (LC)

A distinctly hairy species, sharing the trailing habit of Symphoricarpos acutus and S. hesperius, but with much shorter flowers and smaller fruit than the downier forms of S. rotundifolius. This is not really a garden plant, even within its native range, but it is available from (seed), and is cultivated in the UK at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens (1989.1111) (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 2021).