American Beautyberry

(1 customer review)

Scientific Name:  Callicarpa americana

Light:  Sun to Part-Sun

Zone: 7 to 10

Height:  6 feet

Width:

Soil:  dry to moist

Soil:  clay & loam

Flowers:  insignificant; June to August; lavender pink

Fruit/Seed:  showy, purple drupes or clusters; September to March

Fall Color:

Butterflies:

Birds:  An important food source for more than forty species of songbirds including the American Robin, Brown Thrasher, Purple Finch & Eastern Towhee.

Hummingbird:

Deer Resistant:

Insects/Pollinators:

Native: Coast

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Description

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.

Resources:

Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed

American Beautyberry – USDA Plant Fact Sheet

American Beautyberry – Missouri Botanical Society

 

Additional information

Zones

Zone 7, Zone 8

Light

Part Sun, Sun

Soil

Clay, Dry, Loam, Moist

Flower Color

Purple

Flower Season

Summer

Fruit Season

Fall, Winter

Native

Coast

Wildlife Value

Food for Birds

Notable Features

Containers, Cut Flowers, Hedge, Humidity Tolerant, Winter Interest

Local Availability

Available

1 review for American Beautyberry

  1. Nancy Bittler MG

    South Carroll High School Area
    My beautyberries are very pretty – I love the color of the berries. But the birds never eat them.

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