Scientific NameSymphoricarpos orbiculatus
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Densely branched shrub that is up to 2 m tall but usually 1 m or less.
Opposite, elliptic to oval in shape and 1.5 to 4.5 cm long and 1 to 3 cm wide, pubescent on the underside and have an entire margin.
The stems of this plant are pubescent and often a purplish color. The berries are very noticeable and easily seen. This shrub had underground rhizomes and can slowly spread.
Flower Seed Head
Flowers occur on a spike that arises from the leaf axils and many will occur on a single spike. Flowers are relatively inconspicuous compared to the berries but are white to greenish and 3 to 4 mm wide.
Very noticeable berries that are red to purple and 5 to 8 mm in diameter. The berries will persist on the plant for most of the winter. Each berry contains 2 seeds that are smooth, white, and oval in shape 3 to 3.5 mm long.
Wooded areas, fields, pastures
woody bush or tree
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval