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Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Callicarpa americana Photo/Illustration: Jerry Pavia

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Callicarpa americana kal-lee-KAR-pah ah-mer-ih-KAY-nah Common Name: American beautyberry Genus: Callicarpa
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 characteristics: Self-seeds. Looks best planted in groups.
Care: Does well in poor soil and takes sun or part shade.
Propagation: Root softwood cuttings in spring, or semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer.
Problems: Scale, mildew, dieback, leaf scorch, and fungal leaf spot.
Height 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Adaptable
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Native; Self Seeds; Showy Fruit
Bloom Time Spring
Flower Color Pink Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Style Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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