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American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)

American Beautyberry is a deciduous shrub that grows to 5 feet. The leaves are alternate with a toothed margin and hairy underside. The bark is brown with numerous raised lenticels. Small, pink to bluish, tubular, flowers mature in mid- to late summer. The shrub produces a cluster of small, purple berries that matures in late summer to early fall.


Fruits are eaten by gray catbirds and other songbirds, small mammals, white-tailed deer, and black bears. Very important fall food for migrant songbirds.

Plant Type Shrub
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance Moderate
Regions Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Light Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade, Full Shade
Soil Moist, Dry
Bloom Times Summer
Seed Times Fall
Wildlife Value Fleshy Fruit
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