Callicarpa Americana - American Beautyberry is deciduous perennial shrub that is a member of the Lamiacae (mint) family and native to some parts of the United States, Bermuda and Cuba. Grows in has long, arching branches with oval shaped serrated leaves that grow in groups of 2 or 3's. This shrub produces small, dense clusters of pink flowers in spring before they fruit glossy, edible, iridescent, purple fruit that hug the branches at leaf axils from autumn well through winter. The berries are most commonly used in jellies, sauces and wines and attract all sorts of wildlife and pollinators.
This shrub was used in western medicine by the natives to cure all sorts of diseases and ailments as well as a bug repellent.
Full sun to partial sun.
Attracts birds, bees and butterflies.
Native to North America
Drought tolerant once established.
Pink flowers, non-fragrant
Pet safe, non-toxic
Due to California Department of Agriculture, we cannot ship this item to the state of California.
Callicarpa Americana or as most of us know it as American Beauty Berry is a perennial shrub that offers beautiful purple berries in fall and into winter. The American Beauty Berry has been used among native Americans for decades. Roots, leaves and branches were used for medicinal purposes such as, malaria, nausea and dysentery. The leaves canalso be crushed and used as a repellant for mosquitos and other insects. Although the American Beauty berry is no longer used in traditional western medicine, the berries are used in jellies, sauces and wines.