Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Accepted
Symphoricarpos symphoricarpos Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 3 to 6 feet
Plant Spread: 5 to 6 feet and more from suckering
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: This plant self seeds.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


All About CoralberryAll About Coralberry
By frostweed on November 25, 2013

Coralberry is a lovely semi-evergreen shrub suitable both for house foundation plantings and for naturalization.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 22, 2017 6:16 PM

This is an interesting native lower growing, twiggy shrub that is sort of like a shorter honeysuckle. It is native from southern New England to northern Georgia to east Texas & Oklahoma & Kansas & Nebraska to northwest Wisconsin to spots in southern Michigan to areas of New York in upland woods and meadows to along stream and creek banks. Its tiny, opposite leaves are bluish-green and get 1/2 to 1.25 inches long. It only develops a green-yellow fall color. It bears pretty clusters of red to coral to purple to magenta berries in October into January. It is fast growing. It has a shallow, fibrous root systems that freely suckers into thickets. It is a good shrub for birds with fruit and cover. There is a cultivar of 'Hancock' that only grows 2 feet high and a cultivar of 'Leucocarpus' that bears white fruit.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Dec 19, 2013 11:49 AM

An important 'bird food' plant.

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