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Callicarpa americana

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American Beautyberry

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American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is an eye catching, 4-8’ tall multi-stemmed shrub, particularly ideal for the autumn garden. Pale green foliage emerges in spring, followed by lavender pink flowers in June. By autumn, the flowers mature into clusters of violet to magenta berry-like fruits. They encircle the stems and are produced in abundance, contrasting nicely against the 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, especially fronting evergreens such as rosebay rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum), but also companions well with oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), Raydon’s Favorite aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘Raydon’s Favorite’), red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia), scrub pine (Pinus virginiana), and flowering dogwood (Benthamidia florida). Zones 6-12. 

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    average, dry 
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  • Flower Color
    lavender, pink 
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