Callicarpa Americana

(American Beautyberry)

Photo Credit: Tipsy Gardening

Slightly astringent in flavor it's not likely you'll want to eat a handful raw, but once boiled and brewed into syrup or jelly it's flavor is one you will want to revisit again and again.

The native shrub's leaves are also heralded as a natural mosquito repellent when rubbed on the skin. As a Southern native it grows well in zones 5-9 in either full sun or partial shade. The berries bloom in late Summer, usually in July.

It grows easily from cuttings, and the berry seeds. Once in your yard the birds will take care of spreading it around so be vigilant, or you'll be over-run with it.

Quick Facts

  • Perennial shrub
  • Full sun/partial shade
  • Propagate from cuttings, or seed
  • Said to grow in zones 5-9