Close-up of the striking purple berries of Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry).
Close-up of the pink flowers of Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry).

Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry)

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Callicarpa americana, also known as American beautyberry, is an eye-catching shrub that grows to four to eight feet tall. Well known for and easily identified by its clusters of bright, purple berries Callicarpa americana is a great addition to the landscape for both fall and winter.

In the spring, pale green foliage emerges, followed by pink-lavender flowers in June that attract bees and butterflies. Pollinated blooms turn to showy berry clusters in the fall, which contrasts well with light green early autumn foliage. Berries persist after leaves have fallen leaving food for the birds and mammals, and adding multi-season interest.

American beautyberry refers full sun to part shade and can be easily grown in a variety of dry to moist, well-drained soils. For the best visual effects and berry production, Callicarpa americana can be planted in masses and screens, and works well as a naturalized understory plant or alongside bodies of water for colorful accent.

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., and Straight Species
Mature Tree Height: Small: under 15 feet
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Rich Organic Matter and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: Pink and Purple
Foliage Color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Fall Color, Winter Interest, Erosion Control, and Berries
Tolerances: Clay Soil Tolerant, Wet Soil Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, and Shade Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Woodland Garden, Wetland Restoration, Rain Garden, and Specimen Tree

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