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Symphoricarpos orbiculatus (Coralberry)

Coralberry, Coral Berry, Indian Currant, Buckbrush


Noted for its showy berries, Symphoricarpos orbiculatus (Coralberry) is a bushy deciduous shrub with gracefully arching stems clothed with dark green, ovate leaves, 2.5 in. long (6 cm). The dense foliage remains attractive from spring to frost. In spring to midsummer (depending on the geographic location), a profusion of small, inconspicuous, bell-shaped, white or pinkish flowers are borne along the stems. They are followed by abundant and attractive clusters of round, coral-pink to purple berries which mature in the fall. They persist through most of the winter, adding terrific color and interest to the winter landscape. Songbirds, ground birds and small mammals enjoy them in the winter months. Coralberry spreads by ground-hugging stolons to form extensive colonies and spreads by rooting at the nodes where its arching canes touch the ground. Thriving on neglect, Symphoricarpos orbiculatus is an excellent choice for a woodland garden, bank stabilization or as a tall ground cover.

  • Grows up to 2-5 ft. tall (60-150 cm) and 4-8 ft. wide (120-240 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, fertile soils. Tolerates full shade and a wide range of soils including clay soils and dry soils. Drought and pollution tolerant.
  • Generally pest and disease free, but watch for occasional anthracnose and powdery mildew. Deer resistant.
  • Excellent as an informal hedge or massed in mixed shrub borders, woodland gardens, slopes (and erosion control).
  • To keep it compact, cut it back to knee high every 5 to 10 years. If it gets too leggy, cut back to the ground and it will come back bushier and with more berries the next year.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn. Rooted suckers can be transplanted in autumn.
  • Fruit can cause mild stomach upset if ingested.
  • Native to the eastern United States, Mexico.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Symphoricarpos - Snowberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spread 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Utah, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Ground Covers, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Symphoricarpos - Snowberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spread 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Utah, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Ground Covers, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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