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Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii

Coral Berry

x doorenbosii
Shrub (deciduous)
USDA Hardiness Zone
3 - 7
Canadian Hardiness Zone
3a - 7b
RHS Hardiness Zone
Temperature (°C)
Temperature (°F)
90 - 150 cm
90 - 150 cm
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
General Description
Original hybrid tends to be leggier than more recent cultivars. An interspecies hybrid developed in Holland by horticulturist G. A. Doorenbos.
Not as widely used in landscapes as some of the newer cultivars. Can be used in informal hedges, borders and ground-cover. Its dense suckering root system can help hold together sloping ground that may tend toward erosion.
Can be grown in full sun to part shade. Adapts easily to many soil types. It prefers Symphoricarpus’ native limestone, clay and ideally moist well-drained conditions.
A small to medium sized deciduous shrub. Tends to be rangy, with extended bowing branches. Cultivars of this hybrid have been bred to be rounder and more compact.
Powdery mildew, scale, anthracnose, ruts and berry rot. Resistant to deer as they dislike the berries’ bitter taste.
Horticultural origin.
Bark/Stem Description
Young bark begins to shred as the shrub ages, giving it an exfoliating appearance.
Flower/Leaf Bud Description
Buds are petite with a profusion of protective bud scales.
Leaf Description
Small lamina reach a maximum size of about 4 cm in length and 2.5 cm in width with a rounded tip and cuneate base. Petioles are around 2 mm and are covered in short hairs. 3 - 5 pairs of veins can be observed.
Flower Description
Flowers appear in clusters and are 2 - 3 mm in length. 4 - 5 petals on each bloom, each attached to a central stem by a short stalk. Flowers on new growth.
Fruit Description
Berries appear in compact bunches of 5 - 15 mm in size and vary in colour from pale whitish-pink to hot pink.
Colour Description
The berries vary from pale whitish-pink to hot pink. The flowers can be white or pink. The leaves are a dark green to greenish-blue on the upper surface and have a slightly tomentose underside. The bark is a dark brown colour that tends to fade to grey as it ages.
Texture Description
Can be propagated by dividing basal shoots and transplanting. Semi-hardwood cuttings in autumn or softwood cuttings in summer. Semi-hardwood cuttings should be rooted in perlite only and softwood cuttings should be rooted in a mix of perlite and peat. Can also be propagated by seed. However, its seeds have a hard outer coating that makes it challenging to germinate without stratifying them by soaking in water- first at room temperature for 60 days, then at 5°C for 180 days.
Ethnobotanical Uses (Disclaimer)
Fruit is edible but bitter and unpalatable and ingesting large quantities may cause nausea and/or diarrhea.