Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: May, June, July, August
Bloom Color: pink, lavender
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, berries, cottage garden plant, fall interest, medicinal, showy fruit, stream margin plant
Pricing & Availability
Callicarpa americanaAlso known as:
The American beautyberry is an attractive shrub with arching stems, reaching a height and spread of 6' or more. It has clusters of pinkish flowers and its leaves turn an attractive yellow in fall, but it is best known for its spectacular, dense clusters of iridescent, magenta berries that last well into winter.
Native to moist lowlands, stream and swamp margins, Callicarpa americana is easily grown under average garden conditions with moist soil and bright light. It should not be allowed to dry out in summer. A compact form can be achieved by cutting it back hard in late winter, before new growth appears. Bloom time may vary, from May to August. Zones 6-10
Propagate from seed, by root or softwood cuttings.
Infusions made from the American beautyberry's roots, leaves and berries, have been used to treat a variety of ailments including, malaria, fever, rheumatism, dysentery, stomach aches and colic. The berries are an important source of food to birds in winter. Deer find the leaves irresistible.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: MD
- Extirpated: MD
|Species||Callicarpa americana||American beautyberry|