Beautyberry

Prepared by James Hodges,
Extension Agent, Greenwood County, Clemson University. (New 2/10.)

Beautyberry (Callicarpa sp.) is a genus of shrubs and small trees in the family Verbenaceae with numerous species native to parts of Asia, Central America and southeastern North America. Callicarpa means beautiful fruit, which is where the common name beautyberry comes from.  Four deciduous species are used in ornamental plantings in various parts of the United States. American beautyberry (C. americana) is a native woodland plant in the warmer areas of the southeastern states; it is considered hardy in Zones 7-11. Three Asian species, C. japonica from Japan, and C. dichotoma and C. bodinieri from China, are cultivated and are considered to have more tolerance to cold (Zones 5-8).

For more information on beautyberry, see HGIC 1086, Beautyberry.

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