More Beautyberry

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.

Flower buds. Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Flower buds. Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry) -September 2, 2016

Flowering continues up the stalk as fruit forms from the spent blossoms left behind.

Pink flowers give way to small berries. Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Pink flowers give way to small berries. Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)-September 2, 2016

The clusters of fruit hug the stem. As the green drupes ripen their color shifts to reddish-purple.

Clusters of ripening fruit. Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Clusters of ripening fruit. Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry) -September 2, 2016

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.

Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)-September 2, 2016

Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)-September 12, 2016

18 thoughts on “More Beautyberry

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The berries are attractive, aren’t they? I think these will disappear before winter. They seem to persist for a long time, but something must suddenly devour them.

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  1. rickii

    My ‘Profusion’ beauty berry looks very similar. It becomes a real star as the berries take on that luminous purple. Loved they way you used them in your last vase.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      That looks like a great choice, with many more berries. The callicarpa stems have held up pretty well. guess I caught them at a good stage. The arrangement has been kept outdoors on the screen porch to minimize sweeping of purple berries.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hope you can locate one easily Kris. The berries might look fun with some of your colorful flowers for vases. (By the way I’ve been stumped a couple of times recently trying to leave a comment, checking off the images. Enjoy your posts.)

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The ripened magenta berries are deep inside the shrub, changing to green mid-way the stems, while the tips are still in flower. That part is pretty interesting to see.

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