Plant ID forum: Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus)

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 11, 2011 12:37 PM CST
I mistakenly thought this shrub was PB, and I let it run rampant in a big perennial bed our front. Can anyone ID it? It grows low to the ground and suckers everywhere. I turned one of the branches over to show back of leaves. I'd like to tear it out, but without knowing what it is, I'm hesitant.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 11, 2011 12:50 PM CST

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That's not a variety of honeysuckle, is it?
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Bubbles
Jul 11, 2011 1:02 PM CST
I don't think so. I've never had any...and it's never bloomed. The stems are sturdier than honeysuckle and it grows low to the ground, where it roots. The stems are red, tho, like honeysuckle. I noticed a small one in Feb. and thought it was Pigeonberry just peeking out. The next time I looked at that bed, the back half was filled with this plant. I have all perennials out front, so I thought maybe it I'd leave it until it bloomed....but I think I'd better just pull it out....
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dave
Jul 11, 2011 1:10 PM CST

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I hope someone else can figure it out! It is such a distinct look that surely someone knows.
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Bubbles
Jul 11, 2011 1:11 PM CST
Thanks, I'll get rid of tho...
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sweezel
Jul 13, 2011 1:06 PM CST
Looks like Coralberry. Symphoricarpos orbiculatus. Dave, it is in the honeysuckle family, so close.
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dave
Jul 13, 2011 1:16 PM CST

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I think you're right, Staci!
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Bubbles
Jul 13, 2011 3:05 PM CST
You're both right! I'll wait until it blooms, but it still has to come out of that bed.
Thanks for ID!

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