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Symphoricarpos orbiculatus

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sim-fo-ri-KAR-pos or-bik-EW-lah-tus
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Coralberry is a native dense suckering shrub that grows 2-5 feet tall and 4-8 feet wide with arching stems. It is easy to grow in average well-drained soils of various types. Coralberry adapts to partial sun, moist to dry conditions, and loamy or rocky soil. If spreading is not desired then remove the root suckers. It is commonly found in forests or natural areas of bottomland woods of eastern and central USA.

This is a great shrub for naturalized areas or an informal shrub border. Plant it on a slope for erosion control. It will attract wildlife to your yard.

No serious insect or disease problems.

Coralberry is colonial. It does best in natural areas. It needs more than one genetic strain to fruit. Its nativity is unclear; showing invasive tendencies.

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#native shrub#poisonous berries#food source fall#food source herbage#food source soft mast fruit#FACU Piedmont Mountains#FACU Coastal#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#native shrub#poisonous berries#food source fall#food source herbage#food source soft mast fruit#FACU Piedmont Mountains#FACU Coastal#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Symphoricarpos
    Species:
    orbiculatus
    Family:
    Caprifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Mexico N.E, Tennessee, Vermont
    Distribution:
    AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV
    Wildlife Value:
    Songbirds, ground birds, small mammals, and browsers use this plant for food, cover, and nesting sites. Various moths use this as a host plant.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Cover/Habitat
    Wildlife Food Source
    Wildlife Larval Host
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heat, drought, and soil compaction tolerant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Dense
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Clusters of 1/4 inch long red-purple berry-like drupes in autumn that persist through the winter. Displays from September to December
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    The bell-shaped flowers appear in summer in clusters at leaf axils and in terminal spikes. Not particularly showy. Blooms from July to September
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    1-2 inches long and 1 to 1.25 inches across oval blue-green leaves with rolled margins and rounded to broadly pointed tips. Undersurface is whitish with hairs. Leaf venation is pinnate.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Surface/Attachment:
    Shaggy
    Bark Description:
    Brown loose shaggy bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Brown to purplish branchlets covered with short hairs
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Erosion
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting, diarrhea
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Calcium oxalate and possibly saponic glycoside
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Fruits