On Monday I used branches of Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry) to form the main structure of a floral design. Several people commented about this callicarpa being different from ones grown in their gardens, so I thought I would share a few more photographs of this shrub, which is native to Southern United States. I took this sequence of images on September 2, 2016.
American beautyberry has a loose, open form. The flowers are said to be insignificant. Pink buds form along leaf axils.
Flowering continues up the stalk as fruit forms from the spent blossoms left behind.
The clusters of fruit hug the stem. As the green drupes ripen their color shifts to reddish-purple.
For use in a flower arrangement I had to pluck the leaves away. The leaves eventually will drop leaving the bright berries for cardinals and other birds to enjoy.