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Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Moench. Coralberry, Buckbrush. Phen: Late Jul-Sep; Sep-Nov (and often persisting well into winter). Hab: Moist to dry forests, woodlands, thickets, pastures, and old fields, especially over mafic or calcareous rocks. Dist: CT west to IN, MN, and CO, south to Panhandle FL, TX, and Mexico; the original native distribution somewhat uncertain due to cultivation and escapes. Seemingly increasing in VA and behaving aggressively in dry woodlands and barrens over greenstone and diabase.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = C, F, Fl7, G, GrPl, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NcTx, NE, NY, Pa, RAB, Tat, Tn, Tx, Va, W, WH3, WV, Ferguson (1966a); = Symphoricarpos symphoricarpos (L.) MacMill. – S

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACU
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACU
  • Great Plains: FACU
  • Midwest: FACU
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACU

Heliophily: 5

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Symphoricarpos orbiculatus, Loft Mountain Campground, Big Flat Mountain, Shenandoah National Park, Albemarle County, Virginia 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Aidan Campos source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Joey Shaw source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Aidan Campos source | Original Image ⭷

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