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Callicarpa americana

Native Plants

American Beautyberry

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Summary

American beautyberry is an eye catching, 4-8’ tall multi-stemmed shrub, particularly for the autumn garden. Pale green foliage emerges in spring, followed by lavender-pink flowers in June. By autumn, the flowers mature into masses of violet to magenta berry-like fruit clusters. They encircle the stems and are produced in abundance, contrasting nicely with chartreuse autumn foliage. Full sun and dry, acidic soils foster the best fruiting; however American beautyberry will tolerate filtered shade. This plant is best used in mass plantings with companions that include Hydrangea quercifolia, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘Raydon’s Favorite’, Rhododendron maximum, Aronia arbutifolia, Pinus virginiana, and Cornus florida.


More Details

  • Plant Type
    shrub 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry 
  • Flowering Period
    early-summer, mid-summer
  • Soil PH
    acidic, adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    lavender, pink 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    chartreuse 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    purple