Symphoricarpos orbiculatus

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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Genus: Symphoricarpos
S. orbiculatus
Binomial name
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus
Moench 1794
  • Lonicera symphoricarpos L. 1753
  • Symphoricarpos symphoricarpos (L.) MacMill 1892, invalid name because scientific names are not allowed to have the same first and last parts

Symphoricarpos orbiculatus, commonly called coralberry,[2] buckbrush or Indian currant is a woody species of flowering plant in the honeysuckle family.[3]


Symphoricarpos orbiculatus is an erect shrub, with greenish-white purple-tinged flowers and rounded pink to purple fruits. The leaves are oval shaped, and arranged oppositely along the branches.[4] Symphoricarpos orbiculatus can reach a height of 6 ft (180 cm), but is typically 3–4 ft (90–120 cm).[4] The plant is monoecious, with male and female flowers on the same individual.[5]


Symphoricarpos orbiculatus is native to the eastern and central United States as well as central Canada (Ontario) and northeastern Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo León).[2][6][7]


  1. ^ "Lonicera symphoricarpos". Tropicos. Missouri Botanical Garden.
  2. ^ a b USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Symphoricarpos orbiculatus". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  3. ^ Jones, George Neville (1940). "A monograph of the genus Symphoricarpos". Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. 21 (2): 201–252.
  4. ^ a b "Coral-Berry, Indian Currant, Devil's Shoestring, or Buckbrush". Virginia Tech Weed Identification Guide. Archived from the original on 2013-09-17.
  5. ^ "Plant database entry for Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus) with 24 images, 2 comments, and 50 data details".
  6. ^ "Symphoricarpos orbiculatus". County-level distribution map from the North American Plant Atlas (NAPA). Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2014.
  7. ^ "Symphoricarpos orbiculatus". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).