2 to 3 ft.
5 to 10 ft.
known only in cultivation
sun, part shade
USDA zones 4-7
hardy to 7,500 ft.
Hancock coralberry is a low-growing, spreading shrub. Its thin, wiry branches arch and sprawl over an area, making it a good groundcover for erosion control on slopes and banks. It has small blue-green elliptical leaves. In early summer, it has small pink flowers that are followed by red fruit.
Hancock coralberry has been growing at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden for many years. Its sprawling nature makes it a good plant to fill a low-maintenance area. It is useful as long as it is planted in a place where their spreading nature and rambling appearance won't become a problem.
hancock coralberry will spread throughout an area. It may need to be pruned back for control. In addition, cutting the stems to ground level in late winter every few years can rejuvenate its appearance. New branches will quickly regrow from the roots.