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American beautyberry

Callicarpa americana

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Although it produces small, lavender-pink flowers in spring, this plant is known mainly for its violet to magenta berries, which start appearing in October. The berries, massed in tight bunches that encircle the branches, are vivid against deep-green leaves.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSelf-seeds. Looks best planted in groups.

CareDoes well in poor soil and takes sun or part shade.

PropagationRoot softwood cuttings in spring, or semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer.

ProblemsScale, mildew, dieback, leaf scorch, and fungal leaf spot.

  • Genus : Callicarpa
  • Zones : 10, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Fruit
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Spring
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