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Callicarpa americana /American Beautyberry

Callicarpa americana  / Callicarpa americana
Clusters of berries in late summer
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Clusters of berries in late summer

Close-up of berry clusters

Typical stem of beautyberry in late summer

White variety (lactea) on left, more common native species on right

Close-up of spring flowers in spring

White fruited selection

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Scientific Name: Callicarpa americana
Common Name: American Beautyberry
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: White, Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants that Attract Birds
Shrubs, Fruiting
Comments: Its profusion of purple or white berries add color to the landscape and are a food source for birds and deer. Produces flowers and berries on new wood so plants can be cut back severely in late winter after berries are gone. Excellent native shrub for naturalistic sites like the edges of woodlands and other places where natives are featured. This shrub is quite drought tolerant.