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Name: Joy Shepperd
Callahan, Fl (Zone 8a)
Aug 29, 2016 9:56 PM CST
when do beautyberry get ripe. I have a bunch that have ready turned a deep purple and I want to harvest them before the birds get them
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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Aug 30, 2016 7:02 AM CST
Hi jolyn, Welcome!
I had American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) growing in our yard in Daytona Beach many years ago. I've never eaten the berries myself because an elderly neighbor told me they would cause an upset stomach. If I remember correctly it was always October before the berries ripened in our area but ripening may differ in other climates and conditions.

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