Symplocos paniculata is a wonderful, underutilized small tree or large shrub best known for its peeling bark, sweetly fragrant creamy-white flowers in May and a breath taking crop of turquoise-blue fruit in late Summer and Autumn. Sapphire Berry Sweetleaf is an excellent, low-maintenance choice for attracting birds and other wildlife to the yard. It requires an acidic soil and prefers a sunny or half-shady spot. Being self fertile, it fruits better by cross pollination from another Sapphire Berry, but it is not dioecious. Having two plants is the best way for a heavy crop of fruits. Height when adult is about 2-3m. Rarely if ever available. Slow grower.
|Plant type||Deciduous Shrub|
|Flower||Creamy/White - Mid to late Spring|
|Position||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Soil type||Chalk, Clay, Loam, Peat, Sand, Silt|
|Rate of growth||Slow|
|Height and spread||2m - 3m tall|
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