Chenault coralberry

Symphoricarpos  × chenaultii ‘Hancock’

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Chenault coralberry (Symphoricarpos  × chenaultii ‘Hancock’)
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Synonyms:  S. microphyllus × S. orbiculatus
Genus:  Symphoricarpos
Chenault coralberry is an undemand­ing workhorse. This 2-foot-tall shrub spreads about 10 feet without causing any trouble. It does an excellent job of covering ground and smothering weeds while elim­inating erosion. In late summer, small pink flowers appear and are followed by rosy red fruit.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Low, spreading habit. Self-layering. Fruit persists well into winter. Great for slopes and erosion control. Fruit may cause mild stomach upset if eaten or irritation through skin contact.
Care:  Adaptable to full sun or shade. Easy to grow. It can prosper in a range of soils. This shrub can be kept under control with pruners if it spreads too far, and rooted stems can easily be chopped off and used elsewhere.
Propagation:  Divide in autumn, take greenwood cuttings in summer, take hardwood cuttings in late autumn.
Problems:  Anthracnose and powdery mildew may occur.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer
Flower Color
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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