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American Beautyberry , French Mulberry (Callicarpa americana)

American Beautyberry , French Mulberry (Callicarpa americana)

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American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is a deciduous shrub known for its vibrant purple berries that appear in late summer and fall. 

Growing Conditions

Light - Full Sun to Partial Shade: American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) prefers full sun for best berry production but can tolerate partial shade. Ideally, provide at least 4-6 hours of sunlight daily.

Soil - American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) grows well in a variety of soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils. It prefers moist, well-draining soil but can tolerate periods of drought once established.

Water - Water American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, it is relatively drought-tolerant.

Hardiness Zones

Suitable for USDA hardiness zones 6-10. American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) can tolerate a wide range of temperatures but is best suited to warmer climates.

Dimensions

Height: American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) typically grows to a height of 3-6 feet (0.9-1.8 meters).

Width: American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) spreads to a width of 3-6 feet (0.9-1.8 meters).

Uses

Ornamental: American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is valued for its attractive clusters of purple berries that add color to gardens in late summer and fall. American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) also has attractive foliage and small, pinkish flowers in spring.

Wildlife: The berries of American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) are a food source for birds and small mammals. American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) also provides cover for wildlife.

Medicinal: American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) was traditionally used by Native Americans and early settlers for various medicinal purposes, including treating fevers, rheumatism, and stomachaches.

Insect Repellent: The leaves of American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) can be used as a natural insect repellent.

Native Range

American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is native to Southeastern United States. It commonly grows in woodlands, thickets, and along streams.

Planting and Care

1. Site Selection: Choose a location with full sun to partial shade. Consider the mature size of the American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) when selecting a planting site.

2. Planting: Plant in spring or fall. Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball and the same depth. Place American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) in the hole, backfill with soil, and water thoroughly.

3. Mulching: Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plant to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

4. Pruning: Prune in late winter to early spring before new growth begins. Remove dead or damaged branches and shape the plant as needed.

Additional Tips

Fertilization: American Beautyberry does not typically require fertilization but can benefit from a balanced, slow-release fertilizer applied in early spring.

-Pests and Diseases: Generally pest-free but can occasionally American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) can suffer from leaf spot and powdery mildew. Ensure good air circulation and avoid overhead watering to minimize disease risk.

 

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