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American Beautyberry
American Beautyberry is a fast-growing North American native shrub with fragrant foliage that produces abundant clusters of pearl-like, bright purple berries in fall that persist through winter. The USDA Says this one is naturally insect repellent so plant it near outdoor living spaces to keep the bugs away! More details below

American Beautyberry

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American Beautyberry
Callicarpa americana

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6a-10b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this beautyberry is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.




Special Attributes

American Beautyberry is a fast-growing North American native shrub with fragrant, fuzzy green foliage but is more prized for the colorful berries in produces. In mid-summer, each leaf axil is surrounded by loads of small, soft pink to blue flowers followed by clumps of powerfully bright purple berries that are shaped like small pearls. The leaves turn yellow in the fall and the berries persist until the birds get them all. 

The USDA claims beautyberry has insecticidal properties that repel mosquitoes, ants, and other pesky critters. So you can plant this beauty of a shrub near outdoor living spaces to help keep the bugs away!




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a mound 5-6 feet tall and wide, American beautyberry is ideal for use as an accent shrub, in groupings, or as a natural hedge in sunny sunny to partially shaded landscape or woodland borders. It is a must for bird gardens and the branches with berries are a great addition to floral arrangements. 


Spacing:  4-5' for solid hedge; 8'+ for space between plants





Cultural Preferences

Beautyberry is exceptionally easy to grow and care for with no serious insect or disease problems. Deer and other critters don't like it either. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution, thriving well even in inner city environments. Choose a sunny to partially shaded site for planting. In warmer climates (Zones 7-8), some shade or filtered sun during the hottest part of summer afternoons is appreciated. Beautyberry is not particular as to soil type or pH. It prefers average to moist conditions however will tolerate periods of dry weather when established.




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Plant Details

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6a-10b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  5-6'
Width at Maturity:  5-6'
Spacing:  4-5' for solid hedge; 8'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Arching, Broad, Rounded, Mounding, Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  Pink-lavender
Flower Size:  Tiny flowers in clusters
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Bright Violet
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist 
Soil pH:  5.0 - 7.0 (Acid to Neutral)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Birds, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Insect



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