1. Symphoricarpos bloom in spring, forming dense clusters of bell-shaped flowers which are replaced by clusters of berries in the autumn.
3. This deciduous shrub grows in shady and moist locations and a wild form can be found in hedgerows.
4. Fresh Symphoricarpos have firm berries on the stem so when purchasing shake the branch gently to check if any fall.
5. The main stem can be quite heavy but the branching stems add interest to buttonholes and other small designs.