Gardening can be hard, constantly managing plant life amidst the elements. It’s particularly tough once you don’t understand the requirements of a plant and you do not know whether it is getting sufficient light, water or even being pruned in the right season. Identifying a particular plant, including a bush with little white blooms and berries, needn’t be a chore. Observe the characteristics of your mystery shrub to supports its growth in your own garden.
Fill a leaf in half and see if it emits a scent. Wintergreen scented-foliage, white flowers and bright red berries are hallmarks to get Checkerberry (Gaultheria procumbens), also known as Winterberry. This low-growing shrub thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 8.
Observe if the leaf contains a yellow center with deep green edges. Variegated leaves, copper-colored bark, tiny white blossoms and orange berries suggest variegated silverberry (Elaeagnus pungens “Maculata”). This shrub grows in USDA zones 5 through 8.
View the berry colour. Prague viburnum (Viburnum “Pragense”) produces cream-colored flat flowers in spring followed by red berries that turn black when fully renovated in fall. This shrub grows in USDA zones 7 through 9.
Smell the flowers. Apple serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora “Autumn Brilliance”) produces mildly fragrant white flowers in spring followed by berries that are green, then red, then dark purple when ripe in early summer. This shrub grows in USDA zones 4 through 9.