Symphoricarpos orbiculatus, commonly called coralberry, is a dense, suckering, native, deciduous shrub which typically occurs in open woods, fields, pastures and thickets. It spreads by runners to form thickets in the wild. Typically grows 2-5' tall with arching stems. Bell-shaped, white flowers with a pink tinge appear in summer along the stems in axillary clusters and in spikes at the stem ends. Flowers give way to clusters of round, coral-red berries (drupes) which mature in autumn. Berries persist through most of the winter providing excellent color and interest to the winter landscape. Oval to elliptic bluish-green leaves (to 2.5" long). Similar to the snowberry in habit, but with wonderful purple-rose fruits produced in clusters in early autumn, also enjoyed by the birds through the spring. Berry-laden winter stems may be cut for indoor floral arrangements. Also commonly called Indian currant.
There are no serious insect or disease problems. Anthracnose, leaf spot and powdery mildew will sometimes occur in humid climates.
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates wide range of soils. Remove root suckers and runners to control any unwanted spread of the plant.
Naturalize in open woodland areas where it can be allowed to spread. Possible candidate for erosion control on slopes. Native plant gardens. Informal hedges.
Text and photo adapted from: Missouri Botanic Garden.com