White American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana var. lactea) in the Beautyberries Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Plant Height: 3-5'
Plant Spread: 3-5'
Leaves: Deciduous
Other: foliage is a favorite of white tailed deer
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: if sowing indoors
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Root
Containers: Not suitable for containers

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Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Dec 8, 2011 7:31 PM

American beautyberry generally grows 3-5 ' tall & is about as wide as it is tall. It can reach a height of 9' if the soil & moisture are optimum. It has long, loose, gracefully arching branches & can be considered sprawling by some. It bears the most glossy white fruit in clusters that hug the branches at leaf axils. Fruit is borne in the fall & winter & is a favorite of birds; the Northern Bobwhite in particular. White tailed deer are quite fond of munching on the leaves. The leaves begin dropping in the fall, making the berries even more showy. It generally grows as an understory plant. It is found in a vast range of soil types & moisture conditions. American beauty berry is extremely drought tolerant & during periods of prolonged drought it may temporarily lose it's leaves as well as developing fruit in order to survive & arise anew. It can be severely pruned just before new growth begins in spring to encourage a more compact habit.
Native distribution: Va. to Ar., & south to Fl. & east Tx. it also grows in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Cuba & Mexico.
The blooms are white to pink appearing in may, June & July.
The berries are used to make jellies & the roots are used for herbal tea. The leaves & berries contain callicarpenal which has been reportedly proven effective in tests as a mosquito repellent. People have been known to rub the leaves or crushed berries on their skin to ward off the biting insects.
This white variety makes a lovely addition to both the purple and the pink berried varieties.
You can cut the stem with berries at their peak color & put them in a vase just as you would flowers. They will last 2-3 weeks and look just lovely!

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