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Coralberry, Indian Currant, Snapberry, Buckleberry, Wolfberry, Waxberry, Turkey-bush
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus


Coralberry grows on clay and loam soils in Texas, east to Florida and New England and north to Colorado and South Dakota. It is a spreading, arching shrub which spreads by stolons and prefers the shade of a woodland or understory, and is a good ground cover for erosion control. It has slender stems with shreddy bark and green to blue-green mature leaves which turn red in the fall. Its persistent purple-pink BB-size berries ripen in autumn, providing welcome winter color, and they continue into spring as a magnificent contrast to the new lime green leaves. Coralberry can get mildew on heavy clay soils or on drier limey soils. For thicker, bushier growth it can be cut to the ground in winter. It was introduced into cultivation in 1727 and has several cultivars selected for compact growth habit, variegated leaves or white fruit.

Plant Habit or Use: groundcover
small shrub

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: greenish white to pink

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: berry-like drupe, fuchsia, pink

Height: 2 to 6 feet

Width: 2 feet, spreading

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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