American Beauty Berry Seed and Plants
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American Beauty Berry or French Mulberry
potted plants are available, $7.50 each plus UPS shipping
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Beauty Berry, French Mulberry
1 packet - $2.50 - plus shipping
1 ounce - $28.00
1 pound $320.00
Callicarpa americana, American Beauty Berry or French Mulberry is a multiple stemmed shrub with the most unusual colored fruit of any of our native species varying from violet to ultramarine blue-purple or pink and is a very attractive addition to the home flower beds or yard. Native Callicarpa American Beauty Berry seeds are eaten by several species of birds including bobwhite quail and by raccoon, opossum, gray fox and squirrel. American Beauty Berry has fruits August to November, they are sweet and berrylike, in expanded clusters on the stems and are 1/8 to 1/4 inch in diameter.
Callicarpa = Beautiful
seeded or with beautiful fruit
americana = Of the Americas
Alternate common names
Beautyberry , French mulberry, American mulberry, wild goose’s berries
The roots, leaves and branches of the American beautyberry were used by the
Alabama, Choctaw, Creek, Koasati, Seminole and other Native American tribes for
various medicinal purposes. The
roots, leaves and branches were made into a decoction that was used in sweat
baths to treat both malarial fevers and rheumatism.
The boiled plant parts were poured into a big pan that was placed near
the patient inside a sweathouse. A
similar decoction of the roots was used to treat dizziness and stomachaches.
The roots of Callicarpa americana were
boiled with roots from Rubus spp. to
make an infusion to treat dysentery. The
roots and berries were boiled and drunk to treat colic.
The bark from the stems and roots was used to treat itchy skin.
A tea from the root bark was taken to treat urine retention or “urine
The fruits of American beautyberry are an important food source for many species
of birds including bobwhite quails, mockingbirds, robins, towhees, and brown
thrashers. Animals that eat the
fruit include armadillos, raccoons, wood rats, gray foxes, opossums, and
white-tailed deer. The long-lasting
fruits provide food for birds and animals well into the winter months when other
food-sources are unavailable.
Beautyberry shrubs are raised for their ornamental flowers as well as their colorful clusters of fruits.
Vervain Family (Verbenaceae). American
beautyberry is a native, perennial shrub. These
small, deciduous shrubs reach from 1 to 2 m in height.
The leaves are opposite, elliptical to ovate in shape (7 to 15 cm long)
and have saw-toothed margins. The
under-side of the leaves can be covered with white or rust-colored woolly hairs.
The inconspicuous blue, violet, pink, or white flowers are borne in
axillary clusters that bloom from late spring to early summer.
The flowers are funnel-shaped with four clefs.
The round, showy, violet or magenta drupes or fruits are 4-5 mm in
diameter. The very juicy fruits, containing from 2 to 4 seeds, begin to
ripen in August/September/October. These
colorful fruits remain on the shrubs long after the leaves drop.
American beautyberry shrubs occur in dry open woods, moist woods, thickets and
hammocks. They occur as understudy
species in upland pine forests, upper slope pine-oak forests and old-growth
maritime forests. These shrubs are
adapted to climates with hot, humid summers and moderate winters.
Beautyberry shrubs may
be propagated by softwood cuttings, but they are primarily grown from seed.
The seeds do not require pretreatment for germination.
The many volunteers that this plant produces are very hearty and can be
dug up and transplanted elsewhere in a more desirable location. The plants do well in partial shade and sunny locations in
well-drained soils. The shrubs have
a denser habit and produce more fruit in sunny locations.
no pretreatment is needed for seed germination.
Native Callicarpa americana American Beauty Berry plants occur naturally on wooded slopes from Florida, north to Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and northern Mexico.
The map below shows areas where native Callicarpa americana American Beautyberry plants grow wild but it can be planted and will grow over a wider area than shown. USDA plant hardiness zones 5 to 10.
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American Beauty Berry or French Mulberry Plant distribution map
complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
(http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.