Scientific Name: Callicarpa americana
Light: Sun to Part-Sun
Zone: 7 to 10
Height: 6 feet
Soil: dry to moist
Soil: clay & loam
Flowers: insignificant; June to August; lavender pink
Fruit/Seed: showy, purple drupes or clusters; September to March
Birds: An important food source for more than forty species of songbirds including the American Robin, Brown Thrasher, Purple Finch & Eastern Towhee.
Idea Garden: Eldersburg Library Native Garden & Finksburg Library
American beautyberry is a fast growing perennial shrub; growing five to eight feet tall and almost as wide with drooping branches. It ﬂowers from new growth so if overgrown prune to 6-18 inches tall. It will regain height in one season.
The fruits are eaten by opossums, racoons, foxes & squirrels.
According to the Maryland Biodiversity project, there is no native American beautyberry in Maryland today.
Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed
American Beautyberry – USDA Plant Fact Sheet
American Beautyberry – Missouri Botanical Society
Zone 7, Zone 8
Part Sun, Sun
Clay, Dry, Loam, Moist
Food for Birds
Containers, Cut Flowers, Hedge, Humidity Tolerant, Winter Interest