Callicarpa americana

American Beautyberry

In Stock: 1.182 lb (Total:1.182lb)
  • Callicarpa americana

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1.18 lb


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Cut (Full Seed)
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1.18 lb
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: Cold stratification for 60 to 90 days will greatly increase germination. 

American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is a stunning native shrub that is commonly grown as an ornamental in gardens and yards. This open-habit shrub is native to the Southern United States and features beautiful lavender-pink or bluish flowers that bloom from mid- to late summer. These flowers are followed by an abundance of bright purple, violet, or magenta fruits that appear in large clusters. Not only do these clusters of berries add a splash of color to your garden, but they also serve as a valuable food source for birds and deer, who help distribute the seeds.

The fruit of American Beautyberry is edible and can be enjoyed raw. It is juicy, sweet, fleshy, and slightly aromatic, making it a delicious treat. However, it is important to note that while the berries are palatably sweet, they are suitable for human consumption only in small amounts due to their astringent nature. Some individuals have reported experiencing mild stomach cramps after consuming these berries. If you prefer to enjoy American Beautyberries in other ways, they can be used to make jellies and wine, adding a unique flavor to your recipes. Additionally, the roots of this shrub can be used to make herbal tea, offering a refreshing and herbal beverage.

One of the greatest benefits of growing American Beautyberry is its ability to attract wildlife. The ripe berries, which typically ripen from September through October, are a favorite food source for a variety of bird species including cardinals, mockingbirds, finches, and woodpeckers. The shrub itself also provides valuable cover for these animals, making it an ideal addition to wildlife-friendly gardens. In fact, many landscape designs incorporate American Beautyberry to attract wildlife due to the abundance of food that these berries provide.

In terms of distribution, American Beautyberry can be found throughout the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains, extending from Maryland to Florida and west to Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. It is also found in the West Indies and is cultivated in Hawaii. This versatile shrub is known to occur in a range of ecosystem types, including longleaf-slash pine, loblolly-shortleaf pine, oak-pine, oak-hickory, and oak-gum-cypress habitats.

Characterized by large, deciduous, bushy growth, American Beautyberry typically reaches heights of 3 to 12 feet. Its slender stems are arched, and its opposite leaves are large, with smaller leaves at the end of the twigs. The short tubular flowers are borne along the twigs at the base of the leaf axils. The fruit is a berry-like drupe that contains four small nutlets. This shrub is highly adaptable and can thrive in a variety of soil conditions.

American Beautyberry is not only aesthetically pleasing and beneficial for wildlife, but it also plays an important ecological role. Its seeds are an essential food source for birds and small mammals. It is considered one of the most desirable browse plants for white-tailed deer. Additionally, this shrub provides environmental protection for various bird species and small mammals along the coastal plains of the southeastern United States.

If you are considering adding beauty and functionality to your garden, American Beautyberry is an excellent choice. Its stunning flowers, vibrant berries, and ability to attract wildlife make it a valuable addition to any landscape. Whether you choose to enjoy its edible berries, create homemade products like jellies and wine, or simply appreciate its beauty in your garden, American Beautyberry is sure to enhance your outdoor space.

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