Symphoricarpos Species, Bird's Eye Bush, Coralberry, Indian Currant

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)
Synonym:Symphoricarpos symphoricarpos



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Morrilton, Arkansas

Batavia, Illinois

Dekalb, Illinois

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

Greenwich, New Jersey

Neptune, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dayton, Ohio

Perry, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Beaverton, Oregon(12 reports)

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 28, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is easy to grow. It is an interesting plant native from east Texas up to southeast Minnesota over to southern New England down into northern Georgia. Its red berries are good for wildlife, though not edible for mankind. It is not highly ornamental. It is twiggy, ground suckers, and does not get good fall color. Sort of like a small honeysuckle. I would still recommend it for native and/or naturalistic landscapes. It is sold by some large conventional nurseries and native plant nurseries.


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


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?


On Jan 8, 2010, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) 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.


On Apr 6, 2009, Super65 from Moffat, 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.


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.


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.


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.