American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)

American Beauty Berry (Callicarpa americana)

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Striking purple berries last 2 months starting in early October. Long-lived, but may die back to the ground in cold winters.
Item #: CAAMEs
Binomial Callicarpa americana

In Missouri, American Beautyberry is a small perennial shrub with striking purple berries in early October & November; further south, the plant can get to be quite large (sometimes up to eight feet). It is a long-lived plant, but during especially harsh winter it may die back to the ground. Wait until spring before pruning any dead branches or cut the entire plant back to 6 - 10 inches in late winter.

American beautyberry has small pink flowers from June through August and is a good candidate for the butterfly garden. The berries aren't a bird favorite, but they'll eventually nibble at them late in the year. They are edible for people, though they lack much flavor.

Uses: Showy berries, butterflies, ornamental shrub
Bloom time: June - August

Height: 3 to 5 feet in Missouri
Space: 3 to 5 feet

Sun: Sun to medium shade
Moisture: Average

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