Symphoricarpos orbiculatus


Habit: a mound forming, branching shrub with a fibrous root system and rhizomes. Mature bark is woody and brown peeling away with age while young branches are reddish purple to brown and variably hairy. Smooth, dull green leaves are opposite and oval shaped margins roll under. Greenish white flowers are inconspicuously tucked under the leaves ripening to the beautiful coral pink berries that persist into much of the winter. Blooms between April and July.

Ecology: found in the Eastern United States and Utah in prairies, meadows and woodland openings.

Growing Conditions: full sun to partial shade in moist to dry soil.

Because of its dense branching habit and abundant leaves, coralberry provides good cover for wildlife.


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Type: Deciduous Shrub
Height: 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m)
Width: 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m)
USDA Zones: 2a-7b
Map courtesy of USDA-NRCS Plants Database.