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Proud Berry® Coralberry

Symphoricarpos sp.

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Proud Berry® Coralberry

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The Proud Berry® Coralberry, a member of the Symphoricarpos species, stands as an enchanting addition to any garden. This shrub, known for its vibrant pink berries and bluish-green foliage, is a true spectacle from summer through fall. It thrives in both partial sun and full sun, making it a versatile choice for various garden settings. With a mature size of 3 to 4 feet in both height and spread, this plant offers a compact yet robust presence.

Hardy in zones 3 to 7, the Proud Berry® Coralberry is well-suited for a range of climates. The zoning system, based on the average annual extreme minimum temperature, guides gardeners in selecting plants that will flourish in their specific area. This plant's hardiness across multiple zones signifies its resilience and adaptability to different weather conditions.

The unique beauty of the Proud Berry® Coralberry comes from its large, dark pink berries that develop in the autumn. These berries, which gain intensity in color with cooler weather, emerge following the late summer appearance of bell-shaped flowers. Although the fruit is not edible for humans, it can provide a winter food source for birds. Additionally, the plant's foliage and berries make it an excellent choice for fall arrangements, adding a touch of elegance to any setting.

Plant Attributes

The Proud Berry® Coralberry is a deciduous shrub that brings a unique charm to gardens with its distinct attributes. It falls into the medium height category, reaching a garden height of 36 to 48 inches, and equally spreads across 36 to 48 inches, creating a balanced, rounded appearance. The shrub blooms primarily in late summer and continues into early and mid-fall, showcasing flowers in delicate shades of pink and white. Its foliage is a beautiful bluish-green, adding a lush backdrop to the striking berry display.

One of the key characteristics of the Proud Berry® Coralberry is its upright growth habit, making it an excellent filler for container gardening or landscape designs. It thrives best in locations with partial to full sun exposure, needing around 4 to 6 hours of sunlight daily for optimal growth and berry production. This plant is recognized for its ease of maintenance, blooming on new wood each season. Gardeners are advised to prune it back in early spring for the best fruit set and overall health.

Landscape Use

The Proud Berry® Coralberry offers a range of landscaping uses, making it a versatile and attractive choice for various garden designs. Here are some of its key landscaping applications:

  1. Mixed Borders: Its compact size and attractive foliage make it an excellent choice for mixed borders. When paired with other shrubs and perennials, the Proud Berry® Coralberry adds texture and color, especially with its striking pink berries in the fall.
  2. Woodland Gardens: This shrub thrives in woodland settings, complementing natural landscapes with its native North American origins. It fits seamlessly among trees and other shade-loving plants, contributing to a lush, green backdrop.
  3. Wildlife Gardens: The berries of the Proud Berry® Coralberry attract birds, making it a wonderful addition to wildlife gardens. It provides food for birds in the winter months, adding ecological value to the garden.
  4. Native Plant Gardens: As a native species, it is ideal for native plant gardens, helping to support local ecosystems and wildlife. It's particularly beneficial for gardeners looking to create a garden that requires minimal intervention and is sustainable.
  5. Mass Planting: For a dramatic effect, the Proud Berry® Coralberry can be planted in mass, creating a sea of green foliage and pink berries. This is especially striking in larger landscapes or public gardens.
  6. Specimen or Focal Point: With its unique berries and dense foliage, this plant can serve as an eye-catching focal point in garden designs, especially in the fall when the berries are fully developed.
  7. Erosion Control: The shrub's root system helps stabilize soil, making it a practical choice for slopes or areas prone to erosion.
  8. Screening: Its dense growth habit makes it suitable for use as a natural screen or hedge, providing privacy and a green barrier in residential landscapes.
  9. Cottage Gardens: The Proud Berry® Coralberry fits well in cottage garden designs, adding a touch of whimsy and color, especially during the berry-producing months.
  10. Containers: For small spaces or urban gardens, it can be grown in containers, where its compact growth and attractive features can be displayed on patios, balconies, or terraces.

These diverse uses make the Proud Berry® Coralberry a multifunctional and aesthetically pleasing choice for a wide range of garden styles and purposes.

Planting & Care

The Proud Berry® Coralberry is a relatively easy plant to grow and care for, making it a great addition to many gardens. Here are some key planting and care instructions:

Planting Instructions:

  1. Timing: Plant in spring or early fall to allow the plant time to establish roots before the extremes of summer heat or winter cold.
  2. Location: Choose a spot with full sun to partial shade exposure. Full sun is preferable for the best fruit production.
  3. Soil: It adapts to a range of soil types but prefers well-drained soil. If your soil is heavy clay or very sandy, amend it with compost or other organic matter.
  4. Planting Depth and Spacing: Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Space plants approximately 3 to 4 feet apart to allow for mature growth.
  5. Watering after Planting: Water thoroughly after planting to settle the soil around the roots.

Ongoing Care:

  1. Watering: Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, it has average water needs and can tolerate some dryness.
  2. Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base to conserve moisture, reduce weeds, and protect the roots in colder regions.
  3. Pruning: Prune in early spring. Cut back the entire plant to about 12 inches tall to encourage new growth and better berry production. Remove any dead or damaged wood.
  4. Fertilizing: Apply a general-purpose fertilizer in early spring, before new growth begins.
  5. Winter Care: In colder zones, it's hardy and should survive winter without special care. However, a layer of mulch can offer extra root protection.
  6. Pest and Disease Management: This plant is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, keep an eye out for common garden pests and treat as necessary.

Special Considerations:

  • Deer Resistance: Proud Berry® Coralberry is resistant to deer, making it a good choice for areas where deer are a problem.
  • Non-Edible Berries: While the berries are not harmful, they are not edible for humans. They may provide a food source for birds in winter.

Following these planting and care instructions will help ensure your Proud Berry® Coralberry thrives and becomes a beautiful addition to your garden.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Watering Needs: Average water requirement; consistent moisture helps but is tolerant of varied conditions.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: SIM-fo-ri-KAR-pos
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Mature height and spread of 3-4 feet, forming a compact, rounded shape.
  • Special features: Border Plant, Cut Flower, Good for Screening, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point, Fall Interest, Produces Berries, Resists Deer, Native to North America
  • Dramatic Foliage: Bluish-green foliage
  • Foliage color: Green with a bluish tinge
  • Blooms: Late Summer to Early Fall
  • Flower color: Pink and White
  • Flower attributes: Bell-shaped flowers followed by striking pink berries
  • Garden style: Naturalistic, Cottage, Woodland
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for mixed borders, woodland gardens, and as a focal point in a native or wildlife garden. Its pink berries add autumn interest, making it a standout in fall-themed gardens. Use for mass plantings to create a naturalized, low-maintenance landscape.
  • Companion Plants: Complements other native shrubs and perennials, especially those with contrasting foliage or flower colors.

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