American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 10 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Shape: upright informal habit.
The primary and sole attribute of beautyberry, a large loosely branched shrub, is the showy display of magenta fruits in the fall.
Zone: 7 (perhaps 6b) to 9 Light: Partial shade to full sun Moisture: Wet to moist
Soil Type: Sandy, loam, or clay
pH Range: 3.7 to 6.4
Suggested uses for this plant include border, naturalizing, and massing.
Transplants readily. Plant in well-drained soil.
Since flowers occur on new growth, prune to within 4 to 6 inches of the ground each spring. Heavy, early spring pruning increases fruit production.
No serious problems.
Consult local sources, including historic or public gardens and arboreta, regarding cultivars and related species that grow well in your area.
Varieties of Callicarpa americana
var. lactea has white berries.
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October 10, 2018