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 18, 2011 5:03 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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I just bought my first beautyberry at the Master Gardeners' Fall Plant Sale ... but I forgot to ask if it's the purple or white berry variety. Either will be fine, I'm sure, as I'd like to have both.
I garden for the pollinators.
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Oct 18, 2011 8:17 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Hi Tee, when you find out, let me know if you're interested in growing any from seed. I can surely send you some from the magenta berries. Smiling
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Oct 18, 2011 10:33 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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Thanks, Christine, I surely will. Big Grin
I garden for the pollinators.
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Oct 19, 2011 6:31 AM CST
Name: Cherie or CeCe Coogan
Wisconsin USA (Zone 5b)
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I planted beauty berry last fall, it came back here in WI. The berries don't seem to be as large as they were when I planted it but there is sure a lot of them and they are the purple. I live in zone 5a....................

Very interesting and well put article.
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Oct 19, 2011 8:12 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Thank you for posting Cherie. I was thinking that it may do okay in colder zones since it survives well from freezing temps and snow. That is good to know it can make it through your zone 5! Thumbs up
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Oct 19, 2011 8:37 AM CST
Name: Cherie or CeCe Coogan
Wisconsin USA (Zone 5b)
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Thumbs up betcha, seen them in catalogs that say zone 6 was the farthest. I had to prove to myself that it wouldn't live here and it proved the catalog wrong. All in all I was a happy camper,
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Oct 19, 2011 8:59 AM CST
Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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I have two. They don't aren't as showy here in my challenging soil and more arid habitat, but it's still nice! No berries this year, as it rarely got watered during this drought. It did bloom once, but no berries...darn!
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Oct 19, 2011 10:55 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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At least it survived Linda. If it makes it through the winter that is.
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Oct 19, 2011 11:10 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Yes Linda, it was hot here this year as well, so not all of them produced fruit, others not as much.
But, like Ann said, at least it survived, and we can all hope for better weather next year.... I will be doing my part and hoping with all my might! Group hug
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Oct 19, 2011 3:00 PM CST
Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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Oops, I meant to say no berries...when I said no blooms. They don't seem to have trouble surviving...just wilts when it doesn't get enough water...and no berries sometimes (like this year). The berries are the best part!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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Oct 20, 2011 2:12 PM CST
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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What a great plant! I've never seen it and love the magenta color. Your jelly recipe sounds good. Thanks for an interesting article, Christine.

How about making a pie? Big Grin
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Oct 24, 2011 7:50 PM CST
Name: Emily
Mid-Cape Cod, MA. zone 7a
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Very nice article. Thanks! I've got two of these beauties (smile)--planted 'em four years ago and they are now about 5 ft. across and 3 ft. tall. Wonderful amethyst berries. They're planted near my compost pile and they seem to love that. Glad to know that the birds love them too. I'm in zone 7a and they've come back reliably every year.
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Oct 26, 2011 7:26 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Hi Becky and Emily, thank you for reading!

Emily, much thanks for sharing your experience. Smiling
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