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Chenault coralberry

Symphoricarpos  × chenaultii ‘Hancock’

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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 CharacteristicsLow, 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.

CareAdaptable 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.

PropagationDivide in autumn, take greenwood cuttings in summer, take hardwood cuttings in late autumn.

ProblemsAnthracnose and powdery mildew may occur.

  • Genus : Symphoricarpos
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Showy Fruit
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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