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PlantFiles: Coralberry, Indian Currant, Bird's Eye Bush
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Symphoricarpos (sim-for-ee-KAR-poss) (Info)
Species: orbiculatus (or-bee-kul-AY-tus) (Info)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

15 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
By simple layering
By tip layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Cheetoh On Feb 17, 2015, Cheetoh from College Station, TX wrote:

Coral Ardisia is sold in most nurseries.It forms a thick cover that prohibits sunlight from reaching the ground so that native groundcovers are unable to compete. Those who live in areas where it is hardy (zones 8B +) are strongly discouraged from planting this plant in their landscapes, and furthermore, to remove any that is already growing Symphoricarpos orbiculatus, coralberry, is a native species in the Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family), however

Neutral 1776 On Sep 18, 2010, 1776 from Clayton, GA wrote:

When we moved into our home in NE GA 4 years ago, the realtor told us this tree (bush) was a Privy bush. It has lots of shoots coming up from the roots, lovely white blooms in the Spring and small black berries in the Winter. We have trimmed lower branches, making it into a lovely little tree about 10 feet tall. It doesn't exactly fit the descriptrion of the Coralberry. There are a number of them growing wild on our property. Any clues?

Neutral vossner On Jan 8, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Found it growing near our property in E TX, bordering a wooded area, which is a solid zone 8. I doubt it will grow in zone 9 but I'm willing to try.

Neutral Super65 On Apr 6, 2009, Super65 from Belton, TX wrote:

Grows well in dry shade. Compact but spreading if not contained. About 18"-24" high. Can provide fairly solid cover. Lush foliage, attractive fruit. Berries poisonous to man.
Xeriscape consideration.

Positive cactusman102 On Mar 29, 2008, cactusman102 from Lawrence, KS wrote:

This is one of our most attractive dry-shade plants! Most attractive during october thru january when persistant berries are bright magenta. This is a very low maintenance plant that you can leave tree leaf litter and not water in the summer. Great for mass plantings to fill space. Good alternative to struggling with lawn grass in dry shade.

Positive WUVIE On Mar 31, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Years ago, I walked through the woods when the
Coralberry happened to be loaded with their colorful
berries. Needless to say, I've spent many moments over
the years digging up and dragging home this little cutie.

I have several of the plants about our yard and gardens.
They are very attractive, especially when cared for rather
than left alone in the woods.

Welcome in my garden any time.

Positive frostweed On Nov 30, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Coralberry, Indian Currant, Bird's Eye Bush Symphoricarpos orbiculatus is native to Texas and other States.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
Morrilton, Arkansas
Lawrence, Kansas
Frankfort, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky (2 reports)
Nicholasville, Kentucky
Paris, Kentucky
Versailles, Kentucky
Redford, Michigan
Cole Camp, Missouri
Saint Joseph, Missouri
Bellevue, Nebraska
Neptune, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dayton, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Beaverton, Oregon
Charleston, South Carolina
Dickson, Tennessee
Westmoreland, Tennessee
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas
Belton, Texas
Buffalo, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Grapevine, Texas
Falling Waters, West Virginia
Morgantown, West Virginia

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