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Callicarpa americana

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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

Height: 3'-6'

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

Fruit of Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)
  • Fruit of Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)
  • Flowers of Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)
  • Fruit of Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

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Description

Callicarpa americana

Also known as:

American beautyberry

,

French mulberry

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate from seed, by root or softwood cuttings.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: MD
  • Extirpated: MD

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Lamiales
Family Verbenaceae Verbena family
Genus Callicarpa beautyberry
Species Callicarpa americana American beautyberry