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Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana

Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana

PriceFrom $10.00

•Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Typically grows 3 to 6 feet tall and wide, but can reach up to 9 feet under optimal conditions.

•Phenology: Deciduous shrub with arching branches, opposite leaves, and clusters of small, purple berries that persist into fall.

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Summer

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Deciduous

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Moist, well-drained soils; tolerant of sandy or loamy soils

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 5.5-6.5)

•Moisture Requirements: Prefers consistently moist soil, but can tolerate occasional dry periods once established

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Native plant gardens, woodland gardens, naturalized areas

•Maintenance Tips: Low maintenance; prune as needed to maintain shape and remove dead or damaged branches; may benefit from annual pruning to encourage vigorous growth and fruit production

•Considerations: Beautyberry can spread by suckering and may form thickets in favorable conditions; berries may attract wildlife such as birds, which can be desirable or undesirable depending on preferences.

•Deer and/or Rabbit Resistance: Moderately resistant; typically not preferred by deer or rabbits

•Edible: Berries are edible and can be used to make jelly or wine, but they are astringent and may require sweetening.

•Medicinal Uses: Traditionally used in herbal medicine for various purposes, including as a treatment for fevers and dysentery, but use caution as some parts of the plant may have toxic properties.

•Toxicity to Pets: Not known to be toxic to pets, but ingestion of large quantities of plant material may cause gastrointestinal upset.

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera), Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)

•Wildlife Benefit: Attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies; provides habitat and food for various insects and birds. Larval host for for spring azure butterflies and snowberry clearwing moths.

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