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All About American Beautyberry

By wildflowers
November 25, 2016

I really look forward to fall when so many plants change into their colorful fall wardrobes; it's such a beautiful sight. The American Beautyberry is one such plant that makes quite a showing, boasting bright magenta berries that look much like bracelets of amethyst beads glistening in clusters along drooping branches.

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Oct 17, 2011 6:52 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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I will have to try this. I have a couple of these plants in my deer resistant front yard. Now there's another good reason for the beautiful beautyberry!
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Oct 17, 2011 7:03 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Recently a friend read that if you cut the stalks with berries on them & stick them in a vase they will last for weeks as a nice floral arrangement. she tried it & they lasted about 3 weeks. It was BEAUTIFUL!
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Oct 17, 2011 9:22 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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I did not know about the leaves working as a mosquito repellant. I have a Beautyberry bush in my back yard, I will have to give the leaves a try for the mosquitoes.
Great and informative article. Thank you for writing it.
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Oct 18, 2011 3:36 AM CST
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
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Callicarpa Americana also comes in a white berry variety which looks great next to the purple variety.
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Oct 18, 2011 8:33 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Thank you for all you nice comments!

Rubbing the leaves on your skin really does help keep the mosquitoes away. I don't know why I don't us it more often! This year they were drooping most of the time from too much heat and no water but they are survivors. Thumbs up I'm so happy to see the fruit as it's food for so much wildlife.

Ann, that sounds so pretty and that's nice that they will last so long!

Jan, ah yes, the white berry is not as common. I would love to see it in person or I'll have to look for seeds and grow some. Big Grin
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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Oct 18, 2011 9:03 AM CST
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
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I have seeds of both if you'd like. I haven't been able to germinate them but I am told to try cold stratification so I have some in the fridge now. I can send you some fresh ones in the berry too if there are any left. The mockingbirds here love them.

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Oct 18, 2011 12:11 PM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Jan, I love your avatar! Thumbs up hmmm.... I'll send you a tree-mail! Smiling

Stratification is probably a good idea, or wintersowing outdoors.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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Oct 18, 2011 1:07 PM CST
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
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We don't have a real winter here other than an odd cold day here & there. I have had both colors outside for several years and even picked the berries and stomped them in under the plants and covered them up and never got one to start.



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Oct 18, 2011 1:41 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Try starting a cutting or two. Just strip the bottom leaves and stick the cutting in the ground and forget about it.
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