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Common Name: Buckbrush

Other Names: Coralberry, Indian-Current

Species Name: Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Moench

Plant Type: Shrubs

Family Name: Caprifoliaceae, Honeysuckle Family




Plant Facts  
Origin North America
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Eastern half from Connecticut west to Minnesota, eastern Nebraska, eastern Texas and northeastern Mexico
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state
Sun Preference Moderately shade tolerant
Susceptibility Foliar diseases



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics

    Erosion control and wildlife habitat



    • Forms large stands
    • Bark gray-brown; shredding
    • Leaves opposite; oval or elongated oval


    • Clusters of purple, red or pink fruits on stems where leaves attach
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Plant Height: 1 to 5-foot height
    • Leaves: Decidious Broadleaf
    • Leaf Type: Simple 
    • Leaf Arrangement: Opposite 
    • Leaf Shape: Oval, elliptical or ovate
    • Leaf Blade Edge: Entire
    • Leaf Blade Length: 2-6 centimeters
    • Stipules: No
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petals: Verticils
    • Petal Number: 4 or 5
    • Flower Color: White or pink
    • Flower Timing: June-August
    • Fruit Type: Drupes



Habitat Forests and prairies
Soil Type Wide Variety
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6 to 8
Successional Stage Mid


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