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American Beautyberry


Callicarpa americana

Callicarpa Americana, commonly called beautyberry, is a loose open shrub valued for its spectacular fruits. The relatively insignificant flowers develop into prolific bright violet to magenta berry-like drupes and encircle the stem. These fruits remain attractive for a long time, although they are generally gone before severe winter weather.

This native plant prefers the soil of its natural forest floor habitat - a moist clay or sand enriched with organic matter. It will fruit most abundantly in full sun but may be grown in light shade. The plant needs minimal care. Once its roots grow, you can prune this shrub back to about 2' less than the desired size in warmer areas. Propagate by cuttings or from seed.


Height: 3’-6'
Spread: 3’-6'
Bloom: June-August
Light: Part Shade, Dappled Shade
Water: Moderate
Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Origin: Texas, Southeastern U. S.

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