LGS Notes: American beautyberry is a tall native shrub with vibrant bright purple berries in the fall, which birds love.  This shrub does best in full to part sun and tolerates clay soil well. Some places list this plant as deer resistant. I’ve seen deer munch it, but rarely all the way back to the ground. I like to plant beautyberry in combination with winterberry for a nice fall/winter berry display. I also like to use beautyberry in our mini meadows and wildlife borders. Perennials that I use in these settings, in combination with beautyberry are Black eyed susan, purple coneflower, prairie dropseed, little bluestem grass, asters, and goldenrods.

Latin name: Callicarpa americana
Common Name: American Beautyberry
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Lamiaceae
Native Range: Southeastern United States
Zone: 6 to 10
Height: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Lavender, pink
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Insignificant
Attracts: Birds
Fruit: Showy
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Clay Soil
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