Botanical Name: Callicarpa americana and Callicarpa americana var. lactea
Common Name: Purple Beautyberry, White Beautyberry, Beautyberry, American Beautyberry, French Mulberry, American Mulberry, Spanish Mulberry, Bermuda Mulberry, Sour-bush, Sow-berry
Description: Oh my soul, this native, deciduous, perennial shrub is beautiful! American beautyberry grows in rich woods and thickets in East Texas, especially in the coastal plain pinelands. It has small, white flowers in early summer, that are followed by clusters of beautiful purple or white berries clinging to the branches in late summer. It is best suited to semi-shaded sites with some moisture. It can tolerate full sun if given supplemental watering, and can tolerate some drought, but does not do well on thin, rocky soils. Otherwise it is remarkably tolerant of various soils and habitats. It has long, arching branches, and if they are pruned by half in the winter it will be more compact, but will quickly grow 4-6′ tall and wide. C. americana var. lactea is a white-berried variety that will come true from seed. The seeds are a favorite of many species of birds, in particular Texas’ Northern Bobwhite, and other wildlife, so much so that they can disappear in a matter of days. Foliage is a favorite of White-tailed Deer. Host plant for the Spring Azure butterfly and Snowberry Clearwing moth
Fun Fact: Native American used Beautyberry root and leaf tea in sweat baths for rheumatism, fevers, and malaria. Root tea used for dysentery, stomach aches. Root and berry tea used for colic.
This plant in the 3-gallon container is 2-3′ tall x 2′ wide, not including the container.
Hardiness Zones 7-10