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Callicarpa - L.

Common Name American Beautyberry, Beautyberry, French Mulberry, American Beautyberry
Family Verbenaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rich woods and thickets[43].
Range South-eastern N. America - Florida to Texas and north to Oklahoma and Arkansas.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Callicarpa American Beautyberry, Beautyberry, French  Mulberry, American  Beautyberry


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Callicarpa American Beautyberry, Beautyberry, French  Mulberry, American  Beautyberry

 

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Summary

Bloom Color: Lavender. Main Bloom Time: Early spring, Late spring, Mid spring. Form: Rounded, Spreading or horizontal, Vase.


Physical Characteristics

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Callicarpa is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1.8 m (6ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[105, 177]. Juicy, sweet, fleshy, slightly aromatic[123]. The fruit is about 6mm in diameter[200].

Medicinal Uses

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A decoction of the root bark has been used as a diuretic[257]. The leaves are a cure for dropsy[61]. A tea made from the roots is used in the treatment of dysentery and stomach aches[222, 257]. A tea made from the roots and berries is used in the treatment of colic[222, 257]. Some native North American Indian tribes used the leaves and roots in sweat baths for the treatment of malaria, rheumatism and fevers[222, 257].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Cascades, Erosion control, Foundation, Pest tolerant, Massing, Standard. Requires a sunny position or light dappled shade[1, 200]. Prefers a highly fertile well-drained loamy soil[200]. This species is hardy to about -18°c according to one report[200] whilst another says that it is only really hardy in the milder parts of Britain, though some forms should prove to be hardier[1]. Requires cross-pollination for good fruit production[182]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Special Features: Attracts birds, North American native, Fragrant foliage, Naturalizing, Attracts butterflies, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms.

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Propagation

Seed - sow February in a greenhouse[78]. Only just cover the seed[138]. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 18°c[138]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood 10cm long, July/August in a frame. High percentage[78]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth with a heel[78] taken in early spring[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Callicarpa americanaAmerican Beautyberry, Beautyberry, French Mulberry, American Beautyberry22
Callicarpa japonicaBeautyberry, Japanese callicarpa, Japanese Beautyberry10
Callicarpa macrophylla 12
Callicarpa mollis 10
Callicarpa pedunculata 02

 

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