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Plant Profile: Coral Plant (Berberidopsis corallina)

berberidopsis-corallina-coral plant lvs n flCoral plant is a native vine found in the mid 19th century in Chile where it was found growing in forest ravines. It is now an endangered species due to forest clearance for timber production but is available in nurseries. The dark green leathery leaves are heart-shaped and have spines on the margins. The pendulous coral flowers are produced in summer and autumn on long pink stems growing from the upper leaf joints. They are berry-like at first but star shape when open. The plant grows by twining and is effective growing on a trellis or over an evergreen tree or shrub.

Type: Perennial evergreen vine

Bloom: Clusters of pendulous coral flowers are produced on long pink stems in summer and autumn.

Size: 20’ H

Light: Part shade to shade

Soil: Fertile, evenly moist, well-drained, acid to neutral

Hardiness: Zones 8-9

Care: Tie in new shoot as needed; apply slow release fertilizer and prune in spring; mulch in autumn to protect roots from the cold.

Pests and Diseases: Aphids

Propagation: Semi-ripe cuttings in mid summer to autumn; layering in early spring, seed in spring

Companion plants: Evergreen shrubs and trees

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