Callicarpa americana

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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American Beautyberry

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Plant Specifics

Size:4-8 ft tall by 3-6 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink
Fruit Color:Magenta or white
Phenology:Deciduous to the north, evergreen in the south. Blooms spring-fall.

Dry mesic hardwoods, xeric hammock, scrubby flatwoods, flatwoods, disturbed dry-moist woods.


Recommended Uses:

Specimen plant, mass planting, casual shrub screen

Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



Many bird species consume the fruit. including catbirds, mockinbirds, and robins.

Larval host for for spring azure butterflies and snowberry clearwing moths.

Attracts various pollinators, especially bees.  Documented bees include Agapostemon splendens, Augochlora pura, Dialictus placidensis, Halictus ligatus, Megachile brevis pseudobrevis and the none-native Apis mellifera (honeybee) (Deyrup et al. 2002).