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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 Illinois.

Botanical name: 
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus
All Common Names: 
Coralberry, Indiancurrant Coralberry, buckbrush
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
Native Locale: 
  • Chicago area
  • Illinois
  • North America
Landscape Uses: 
  • Massing
  • Foundation
  • Mixed border
Size Range: 
  • Small shrub (3-5 feet)
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 2
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
Soil Preference: 
  • Alkaline soil
  • Moist, well-drained soil
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Season of Interest: 
  • Early winter
  • Early fall
  • Mid fall
  • Late fall
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Inconspicuous
  • Pink
Shape or Form: 
  • Arching
  • Multi-stemmed
  • Thicket-forming
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
More Information: 


2 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide

Tree & Plant Care

Prune to manage suckers to limit the width of the shrub

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

Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife

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

Simple leaves arranged in pairs (opposite) on the twigs. 

Leaves oval to nearly round, small.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Small, bell-shaped flowers in clusters; pinkish; inconspicuous

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Small, purplish-red berry-like fruit from early fall into January