Creeping Snowberry grows on north slopes, in ravines, and sometimes is
all that's left of an oak woodland in full sun. The more coastal the
setting the more sun this snowberry can handle. In some of the shady
ravines the light intensity is so low you have to use 400 speed film at
noon to take a picture. I've seen Creeping Snowberry along the edge of
an interior climate in the heavy shade of Umbellularia californica and Quercus agrifolia a few miles from here where they were growing flat and 5' across with the leaves 1 foot between nodes.
Creeping snowberry was planted at CALM (California Living Museum) in
Bakersfield in full sun; looks excellent there for a month each year,
when it is in flower and the new leaves are coming out. Then the leaves
burn off on the first hot day. But in San Luis Obispo it is over by the Mens Colony in full sun and it looks fine.
Pink flowers are used by hummingbirds, the snowberries are used by California Thrashers(when they get real hungry as the berries taste like Ivory soap).
A delightful, slow-growing groundcover in a shady garden or cool sun
garden, in places like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Mix
with Ribes, Heuchera, Lonicera, and Satureja douglasii for an interesting yard.
Symphoricarpos mollis tolerates clay, serpentine, seasonal flooding and deer.
Symphoricarpos mollis is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Symphoricarpos mollis has color green-gray and is deciduous.
Flower of Symphoricarpos mollis has color pink.
Communities for Symphoricarpos mollis:Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Mixed-evergreen Forest and Southern Oak Woodland.