coralberry Caprifoliaceae Symphoricarpos
|Leaf: Opposite, simple, oval, 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, entire margins, velvety and soft, dull green (blue-green) above, paler below.
Flower: Small bell shaped, yellowish white, tinged in purple; occur in short, dense clusters in leaf axils and at ends of twigs in mid to late summer.
Fruit: Berry-like round drupe, 1/4 inch across, coral to purple in color; mature in the fall and persist into the winter.
Twig: Slender and at first scruffy brownish green, later darkening to a reddish brown with very fine peeling strips; scales present where new branches emerge; single bundle scars.
Bark: Brown and finely shreddy.
Form: A small shrub up to 5 feet tall; open crown with arching branches.
Looks like: snowberry
- Morrow honeysuckle
| Additional Range Information:
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting coralberry.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson