Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Caprifoliaceae
Indiancurrant Coralberry, Coralberry, Buckbrush sim-fo-ri-KAR-pos or-bik-EW-lah-tus
- Deciduous shrub, 2-5 ft (0.6-1.5 m) high, 4-8 ft (1.2-2.5 m) wide, upright, shoots pubescent; bark brown, finely shredded. Spreads by underground stems (rhizomes) and forms large colonies in forested areas. Leaves opposite, simple, 2-4 cm long, oval-rounded, base wedge shaped (cuneate) to rounded, margin usually entire, dull dark green above, more gray-green and pubescent below, often reddish in fall. Flowers in small, dense, axillary clusters on short spikes, petals 4 mm long, yellowish white, turning pink; blooms in summer. Fruit nearly spherical (globose), coral to purple, 4-6 mm thick, persistent.
- Sun to part shade. Frequently used as a ground cover on banks; grown for is colorful fruit and fall foliage.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 2 Native to eastern United States westward to Nebraska and Texas.
- orbiculatus: round and flat, an apparent reference to the leaves.
- Silverton, Oregon: The Oregon Garden