Symphoricarpos orbiculatus 'Taff's Silver Edge'
Silver Variegated Coralberry
 
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Family: Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae)
Native Habitat: eastern U.S.

Named after a true variegated plant fanatic, English plantsman and author Steven Taffler , 'Taff's Silver Edge' is a little known but incredibly useful small shrub for shady areas. Over the years the demand for this shrub has been pretty much anemic. Maybe it's because it's a Coralberry, considered by most to be an old-fashioned and boring shrub. Well, that is probably true for the green-leaved varieties. Maybe it's not better known because few gardeners are aware of its existence. Whatever the reason, this plant deserves a lot more recognition and far wider use.

This little gem has become one of our favorite shrubs since we began offering it quite a few years ago. Why are we so fond of it? Quite a few reasons really: it's incredibly easy to grow;  it grows just large enough to be noticed but not too big for almost any garden;  it loves shade;  and the foliage color is amazing. It's really the foliage color that gets us excited. Upon close inspection, the leaves look like many other variegated leaves: nicely edged in white, some heavily edged or almost totally white. But then step back 10 or 20 feet and take another look. Now you see why it's called "Taff's Silver Edge'. At a distance the shrub color is a vivid silver that really brightens up a shady area. A mass planting in shade can be stunning. It's a color seen in few other shrubs grown for shade and can be used to great advantage in landscape designs.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Small leaves are heavily margined white. Some almost solid white. Shrub appears silvery at a distance. Small, inconspicuous flowers borne in June develop into small coral-red berries.
Habit & Growth Rate:
Upright shrub growing to 3 or 4 ft. high and slightly narrower. Medium growth rate.
Landscape Uses: Foundation plantings, shrub border, shade garden.
Hardiness: Zone 2 to 7.
Culture:
Easily grown in average garden soil. Best in light to heavy shade.