coralberry Caprifoliaceae Symphoricarpos orbiculatus
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.