Coralberry

Scientific Name:  Symphoricarpos orbiculatus

Light: Full sun to part shade

Zone:  2 to 7

Height:  2 to 5 feet

Width:  4 to 8 feet

Flowers:  June to July, pinkish-white, showy

Fruit/Seed:  coral-pink to purple berries, showy

Fall Color:

Butterflies:

Birds:  Songbirds and ground birds use this plant for food, cover, and nesting sites.  At least 14 species eat the colorful fruit including evening grosbeak, pine grosbeak and American robin.

Hummingbird:  Hummingbirds visit the bell shaped flowers

Deer Resistant:  Yes, seldom severely damaged

Insects/Pollinators:  Special value to native bees

Native:  Carroll county & Maryland

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Description

Coralberry flowers give way to clusters of round, coral-red berries which mature in autumn. The berries persist through most of the winter providing excellent color and interest to the winter landscape.  Berry-laden winter stems may be cut for indoor floral arrangements.

Coral berry can be naturalize in open woodland areas where it can be allowed to spread or used for erosion control on slopes or informal hedges.

For the best fruit set, each spring, just as the new growth begins to appear on the stems, cut the entire plant back to about 12″  tall, and prune out any dead wood.

Cultivars/Varieties

Sofie (Proud Berry) – 3 to 4 feet tall & wide, large dark pink berries

Sources

Coralberry – USDA Plant Fact Sheet

Coralberry – Missouri Botanical Garden

Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance – Rutgers

Coralberry – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Proud Berry Coralberry – Proven Winners

Recommended for Wildlife by

Gardening for the Birds by George Adams

The Audubon Backyard Bird Watcher by Burton & Kress

Attracting Wildlife – HGIC

Photos

Robert H. Mohlenbrock, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1991. Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. South National Technical Center, Fort Worth.

Additional information

Zones

Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8

Light

Part Sun, Sun

Soil

Dry

Flower Color

Pink, White

Flower Season

Summer

Fruit Season

Fall, Winter

Native

Carroll, Piedmont

Wildlife Value

Beneficial Insects, Deer Resistant, Food for Birds, Hummingbird, Nectar, Nest Sites, Summer Cover

Notable Features

Cut Flowers, Erosion Control, Foot Traffic Tolerant, Hedge, Winter Interest

Local Availability

Available, Not Available

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