Common Name: Coralberry, Indian Currant

  • Habit: Shrub
  • Light: Shade (< 2 hrs. direct sun), Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun)
  • Water Needs: Dry, Average, Moist
  • Height: 1-2′, 2-5′
  • Flower: White-Green, May-Jul.
  • Fruit: Bright pink-purple berries that may persist into winter
  • Fall Color: No
  • Natural Habitat: Riparian, Mesic Forests, Bottomland Deciduous Forest, Upland Deciduous Forest,  Woodland Edge

Symphoricarpos orbiculatus, Coralberry, is a dense growing, deciduous shrub that grows 4-5 feet tall and 4-8 feet wide. Its arching stems bear oppositely arranged, oval shaped, bluish-green leaves. From May to July, white-green flowers can be seen growing in clusters in leaf axils or in terminal spikes. Fruits of showy, pink-purple, berry-like drupes develop from September to December. This species provides food and shelter for songbirds, ground birds, and small mammals.

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