Callicarpa americana

beautyberry

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 4-8 ft    Width: 3-6 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      white,pink
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      white,purple
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, hurricane wind resistance

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Specimen plant, mass planting, casual shrub screen
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
moisture_bar
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: 5.2 - 7.0

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Attracts various pollinators. Many bird species consume the showy fruit.
Native Habitats: Dry mesic hardwoods, xeric hammock, scrubby flatwoods, flatwoods, disturbed dry-moist woods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B,10A,10B

Other

Ethnobotany: Sometimes used to make jelly which is noted for its color. Decoction of roots and branches used in sweatbath for rheumatism and malarial fever by the Creeks and other southeastern native American tribes.
Other Comments: Fruits are magenta. There is a white-fruited/white-flowered variety that is sold occasionally.