Coralberry is a low-growing shrub that produces purplish red fruit that are a food source for several species of bird. This shrub is native to Eastern U.S.
- Chicago area
- North America
- Mixed border
- Small shrub (3-5 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 2
- Zone 3
- Zone 4
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Alkaline soil
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Early winter
- Early summer
- Early fall
- Mid fall
- Late fall
Size & form
A spreading, arching shrub reaching 3 to 5 feet high and 3 to 6 feet wide.
Tree & Plant Care
Grows in sun or shade. Best in well drained soil, but tolerant of temporary wet sites.
Thrives on neglect.
Prune to manage suckers to limit the width of the shrub.
Prune in spring to initiate more flowers.
Disease, pests, and problems
Powdery mildew, anthracnose, aphids and scale are possible problems
Native geographic location and habitat
Common in low areas and along the edges of woodlands from eastern U. S. to TX and SD to CO
Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife
Many birds, including Chickadees, robins and cardinals use the fruit
Bark color and texture
Bark gray to brown, peeling into flakes or strips
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Opposite, simple leaves arranged in pairs on the twigs.
Small, oval to nearly round leaves; dull green to blue-green changing to yellow-green in fall
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Small,inconspicuous, bell-shaped flowers in terminal clusters in late June through July
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Small, spongy, purplish-red berry-like fruit from early fall into January