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American Beautyberry

Callicarpa americana

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The American Beautyberry is an extraordinary shrub.

The deciduous Perennial comes alive in April with toothed green foliage. Then, in July it produces small white and pink flowers in clusters. Undoubtedly, the most impressive time of year for this plant is September, when bright, iridescent purple berries emerge and continue to blossom through November.

In addition to the ever-changing appearance throughout the year, there are some astonishing advantages to owning this plant.

Natural Mosquito Repellent
The US Department of Agriculture Research Service has confirmed that the Beautyberry leaves contain three compounds that are responsible for repelling mosquitoes and other biting bugs, including fire ants.

It has been said that all you need to do is grab a few leaves, and crush them in your hands and rub them on your skin. What a great way to save money.

So Versatile: They Can be Grown as Trees, Shrubs or Container Plants
No matter where you plant your Beautyberries, they’re destined to thrive and enhance your setting.

You can plant several together for an expansive naturalized section of your landscape if you have a lot of land. Planted in multiples, they provide a colorful display of fragrant flowers before producing plump, vibrant purple berries.

Plant one or two to compliment a mixed border, or plant one and let it grow as an ornamental plant. They also do very well in containers!

Plant These Low Maintenance Beauties and 'Forget About It'
Despite how you prune them, or where you place them, the American Beautyberries are easy to maintain. They grow best in moist, rich soils, and do well in sandy, sandy loam and clay. We recommend you prune once in the fall, and again right before new growth begins in the spring. Then watch them take off!

  • They’re heat tolerant, able to survive the harshest of droughts
  • Insect and Pest Resistant
  • Disease Resistant

Edible Berries Attract Wildlife Year-round
White-tailed deer are drawn to the berries in the fall after the leaves have dropped. There are over 40 species of songbirds that are attracted to these plants for the nectar. Cattle like to browse the twigs during the cold months.

If you enjoy watching wildlife, these plants will likely be a wonderful source of entertainment!

Will YOU like the berries? They’re not known to be particularly tasty if eaten right from the plant itself but are delicious in jellies and American Beautyberry wine. If you have some recipes that include these berries, we’d love to hear about them.

Order now and brighten up your landscape year after year with this lovely bush.

Full Planting & Care Instructions

Product Details

    Mature Height:3-6 ft.
    Mature Width:4-6 ft.
    Sunlight:Full-Partial Sun
    Growth Rate:Slow
    Botanical Name:Callicarpa americana
    Does Not Ship To:AZ
    Grows Well In Zones:6-10 outdoors
    grow zone map

    Growing Zones: 6-10 outdoors

    (hardy down to 0℉)

    Customer Reviews & Photos


    Based on 43 reviews

    Joe W.
    Verified Buyer

    Great service…nearly two years later!

    In February 2022 I bought an American Beautyberry. It grew into a beautiful shrub! However, in the fall of 2023, my arborist told me it was an Asian beautyberry and not the American variety I thought it was. You can tell the difference in the pictures I’ve attached. The berries on the American BB wrap around the stem. I have to admit I was upset as I pride myself on my native plant garden. I called FGT and spoke to Angie. She was really helpful. After speaking to the nursery, she confirmed that it was the wrong shrub. She immediately offered me a new American Beautyberry or a full refund. I chose the former. As I ordered the first shrub nearly two years ago, I wasn’t initially hopeful that FGT would be open to resolving the issue. But they acted as if I had just ordered the shrub and accidentally got the wrong one. FGT responded with empathy and professionalism. What a surprise and relief! I would definitely order from FGT again - and I hope to speak to Angie. She was so nice and helpful!

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    I love it so much..I

    I love it so much..I have a bush full of berries upon arrival...Amazing

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    Great plants, but could never be trimmed to grow as a tree

    The shrubs seem very healthy and already had a ton of berries when they arrived. My only complaint is that due to their structure (all branches low to the ground splaying out) they probably can't be pruned to grow as trees, as I'd hoped. Still excited and happy I bought them, and will probably buy more.

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    Beauty Berry

    arrived on time. Plant is doing good so far!

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    Beautiful beauty berry

    These shrubs arrived in beautiful condition. I planted them one day later and they are thriving. I planted them in memory of my brother. I know he would be happy with them.

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