coralberry Caprifoliaceae Symphoricarpos
orbiculatus Moench symbol: SYOR
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
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)