Symphoricarpos orbicalatus

Indiancurrant Coralberry

Tips for Homeowners:

To tame this shrub, cut it back to the ground to keep it from spreading.

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This is an attractive shrub especially in the fall when the huge supply of purple-red fruit appear.

  • Tough plant, good for naturalizing
  • Fruit purplish-red maturing October persists into winter
  • Tolerates poor soils

Best used for ground cover or naturalizing.

Height: 2-5 ft
Spread: 4-8 ft
Zone: 2-7
Color: White

Interesting Notes about Indiancurrant Coralberry:

While this shrub is hardy and not particularly demanding, it does have some questionable attributes.  The berries may be harmful to humans and small animals plus it does require lots of space to grow because of its suckering habit.  It does however, provide shelter to wildlife and its flowers do attract butterflies and moths.  Due to its spreading nature it is excellent for erosion control. 

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Mass Planting
  • Attractive fruit
  • Specimen
  • Ground Cover
  • Winter Interest
  • Naturalizing

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Attracts Humming-birds


  • Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water