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Coral Berry
Scientific Name: Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Moench
Synonym: Symphoricarpos symphoricarpos
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Coral Berry (Symphoricarpos  orbiculatus)
Symphoricarpos symphoricarpos, Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 3: 277. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 2-7

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Origin: Eastern United States into Mexico, open woods and fields

Growth Habits: Deciduous shrub, open with arching branches, 2 to 5 feet tall (60-150 cm), 4 to 8 feet spread (1.2-2.4 m); oval leaves, entire margins, 0.8 to 1.6 inches long (2-4 cm), paler underside

Watering Needs: Little water

Propagation: Offsets, seeds

The plant spreads by root suckers and runners. These should be removed not to be overrun.

Blooming Habits:
Yellowish white to pinkish white, bell shaped small flowers, 0.24 inch in diameter (6 mm), in small terminal clusters, in mid-summer.

Fruiting Habits:
They produce red, waxy, round drupes, about 0.25 inch in diameter (0.6 cm). Each drupe contains 2 nutlets with 1 seed per nutlet. The fruits stay on the plant in winter and provides excellent winter color. The berries are poisonous (containing saponin)

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