Coral Berry and Berry Plants for Birds

dandirt(z8b MS)September 22, 2008

I am considering ordering and planting several Coral Berry (Indian Currant)in my landscape and for the birds. This bush grows 2 to 3 feet tall and produces berries that the birds will eat. I get a lot of Cedar Waxwings, Robins, Woodpeckers, Bluebirds, etc. Does anyone grow this bush? Any comments or comparison with similiar type bushes or plants is appreciated.

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I have a hybrid called Symphoricarpos doorenbosii 'Amethyst'. It has cute little leaves, it's very twiggy, and I just love the color of the berries. (They don't last long,because something's eating them, but I'm not sure what.) Over-all, I really like the plant.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 7:15AM
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Other good berry plants are native viburnums, wax myrtle, dogwoods, blueberries (nice fall color too), spicebush (Lindera benzoin is the scientific name), hollies.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 5:57PM
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vegangirl(z6 VA)

I have a lot of a Symphoricarpos that has violet berries. It's pretty but I have never seen a bird eating the berries. They just dry up and fall off.

The best berry I have is a Silky Dogwood. I don't remember the scientific name right now. It has attractive, blue berries with a greenish overtone. The leaves turn red in the fall. The only drawback for me is that it's branches lean over and root where ever it touches the ground so we have to keep it trimmed back. But, it's worth every minute of the time we spend on it. So far, these are the birds I've seen eating the berries: Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Brown Thrasher, Catbird, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, House Finch, Song Sparrow, Swainson's Thrush, Wood Thrush, Robin and probably some I'm not remembering. These shrubs grow along the creek and to think, we almost got rid of them all when we first moved here!! I am SO glad we didn't!


    Bookmark   October 16, 2008 at 7:26PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

I agree with esh ga with the choices of shrubs with berries. The only thing I've read about Symphoricarpos orbiculatus is that it is susceptible to mildew. I am not sure if the birds go for Common Snowberry which does not get mildew.

VG- Symphoricarpos with violet berries? I'm not sure which variety that would be? Are you sure that is not Symplocos (sapphireberry)? Or callicarpa (beautyberry)? I thought sapphireberry was a favorite of birds. My beautyberry is always left untouched by the birds. If it is symphoricarpos and you know the name, I would love to know so I can try to find it.
P.S. I am definitely in zone envy of your silky dogwood!

    Bookmark   October 19, 2008 at 8:20PM
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chrsvic(z6 OH)

Ive grown the indian currant coralberry, it makes a nice ground cover. For me it never got up to knee high, you could use it where many folks might use cotoneaster. I didn't witness birds eating the berries, but they disappeared. Very pretty.

Snowberries, the white fruited ones - for me the berries turned black and fell off, mine must have been diseased. But, the blooms are attractive to hummingbirds. There are symphoricarpus with violet or pinkish berries, they are all pretty.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 7:46PM
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