Why plant Audubon® Native Coralberry?
Coralberry gets its name from its clusters of small crimson-purple fruits that hang on well into winter. They show up nicely in the landscape, and catch the eye of songbirds looking for a meal—robins are especially fond of them. This plant suckers freely and forms a fibrous network of roots that binds the soil and prevents erosion. Use it on a slope or in a large empty space that needs filling in with some greenery. Also valuable as a host plant for a variety of butterflies and moths, including the fascinating and adorable hummingbird clearwing and Snowberry clearwing moths.
The hummingbird clearwing and the Snowberry clearwing are two entertaining moths you’ll want to have in your garden. They feed from flowers by day, hovering like tiny drones as they pause at each blossom. Coralberry is one of the primary host plants for their caterpillars. Another bizarre insect that feeds on Coralberry is the Harris’s three-spot moth. Perhaps our ugliest caterpillar, it looks like a bit of garbage in its youth. When it molts, this weirdo saves its head casings and carries them around on a tuft of hair. Eventually, the ugly duckling turns into a beautifully patterned moth!
How to use Audubon® Native Coralberry in the landscape?
Coralberry’s magenta fruits make perky additions to fall and winter flower arrangements. Cut a few branches and liven up your indoor displays with its jewel-tone berries.
Hardiness Zone: 2-7
How To Plant Audubon® Native Coralberry
Sinfully easy to grow! Coralberry is an adaptable, easygoing Accent that needs no pampering. It thrives in sun or part shade and grows in any type of soil. It is drought tolerant when established and flourishes in wet soil, too. Cold winters are no problem, either, as it’s hardy to 50 below zero! Deer like to graze Coralberry; the plant is also known as Buckbrush because of it. Homeowners in deer country may want to plant Coralberry far from the house for the deer to enjoy at a distance, keeping choicer plants close to home. Coralberry can survive the grazing.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
I am so pleased with this plant. Very healthy, unusual leaves, just spectacular looking shrub.
Thank you so much for your kind review! The Audubon Native Coralberry is a wickedly cool native plant! The fruits that form offer such a fun color at a dull time of year too :)
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