Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus)
Coralberry is most known for its clusters of coral-pink to purple berries. The berries remain on the plant through the winter and are a nice contrast to the greenish-white flowers which bloom in the spring and into the summer.
Coralberry has slender stems with shreddy bark and green to blue mature leaves which turn red in the fall. It can form extensive colonies and spread by rooting where it touches the ground. It can be prevented from spreading cutting off and taking out any branches touching the ground. Coralberry grows well in our alkaline clay soils, is heat tolerant, and is a wildlife attractant. It can also grow in poor conditions such as exposed soils and renovations sites.
Coralberry is an excellent choice for shady areas, especially if you would like to attract birds and bees. It has a natural look that fits well in informal gardens. It will take some sun, but avoid planting it in full sun or harsh, afternoon sun locations. A good choice for woodland gardens. It does well on rainfall only with little to no supplemental irrigation after establishment.
To keep it at a low height, cut it back to knee high every few years. If it gets too leggy, it can be cut back to the ground and it will come back bushier and with more berries the next year. Coralberry colonizes by rooting at the nodes where it touches the ground. To prevent spreading, trim branches off the ground.
AT A GLANCE
- Texas native
- Drought tolerant
- Part sun to shade
- 2-4 ft tall x 3-5 ft wide
- Wildlife value: birds