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The arching branches and unusual violet purple berries of American beautyberry are the main selling points of this hardy deciduous shrub. Native to southeastern America from Texas across to Maryland, this interesting wild shrub is similar to Asian beautyberry species but has a rougher, more informal look. Mature specimens are large, bushy and develop either a horizontal or upright habit. Native populations exist in open woods and thickets.
American beautyberry has long arching stems lined with soft pale green leaves that are opposite to one another. The foliage turns muted yellow-green in fall. In midsummer, clusters of lavender-pink flowers appear at the base of the leaf stems. These are followed by berries that turn from green to vivid violet-purple later in the season. Butterflies are attracted to the summer flowers and songbirds eat the fall fruits.
Full sun is preferred but partial shade tolerated--brighter light results in better fruit output and a fuller overall habit. Well-drained clay or sandy soils are suitable for growing this resilient shrub. Beautyberry should never be sheared or harshly pruned as this destroys its appealing arching habit. Plant this trouble free plant in informal, naturalistic garden settings.
12 - 1
6 - 11
3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m
6'-7' / 1.8m - 2.1m
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer
Southeastern United States, South-Central United States
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall
Purple, Blue Violet
Yellow Green, Tan
Sandy Brown, Gray
Foundation, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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