Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Indiancurrant Coralberry

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Small
  • Scientific Name: Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Snowberry / Coralberry
  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 3-5'
  • Bloom Color: Not Applicable
  • Habit: Mounded: spreading
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Tolerates dry conditions. Full sun to shade.

  • Notes:

    Pink flowers in July are followed by persistent red berries borne on arching spreading stems which root down where they touch the ground. Similar in landscape value to snowberry (S. albus).

  • Two common hybrids:

    There are also two common hybrids involving these species as one of the parents: S. x doorenbosii and S. x chenaultii. They vary minimally from the two species listed here in their landscape value and uses.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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