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Callicarpa americana

Callicarpa americana L.

american beautyberry, american beauty-berry, beautyberry, french-mulberry

Synonym(s): Callicarpa americana var. lactea
Cultivar(s): White
Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry)
Image ID: 12859
Image by: Cressler, Alan M.
Image Collection: NCBG Digital Library

PLANT INDEX

ID_PLANT: CAAM2
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Callicarpa americana
Include in WOTAS: 0
Publish to Web: 1
Last Modified: 2019-01-04

CULTIVAR INDEX

Cult_id Cultivar_name Action
1203 White View

GENUS INDEX

GENUS CODE: CALLI2
GENUS SCIENTIFIC: Callicarpa
GENUS AUTHORITY: L.
GENUS COMMON: Beautyberry
GENUS SUMMARY: A genus of about 140 species, small trees, shrubs, and lianas, mainly tropical and subtropical.
GENUS IDENTIFICATION:
GENUS REFERENCES: Moldenke (1980)=Z; Harley et al. in Kadereit (2004).

FAMILY INDEX

FAMILY CODE: LAMIAC
FAMILY SCIENTIFIC: Lamiaceae
FAMILY AUTHORITY: Lindley 1836 or LABIATAE A.L. de Jussieu 1789
FAMILY COMMON: Mint Family
FAMILY SUMMARY: A family of about 230-250 genera and 6700-7170 species, herbs, shrubs, vines, and trees, cosmopolitan. The placement in the Lamiaceae of several genera traditionally placed in Verbenaceae (e.g. Clerodendrum) is strongly supported by several lines of evidence.
FAMILY REFERENCE: Harley et al. in Kadereit (2004).

NCBG DESCRIPTIVES

INTRO: cbnxcbncbmncxb
STEMS:
LEAVES:
INFLORESCENCE:
FLOWERS:
FRUITS:
COMMENTS:
HEIGHT: 4-8 ft.

DURATION: Perennial
HABIT: Shrub

LEAF ARRANGEMENT: Opposite
LEAF COMPLEXITY: Simple
LEAF RETENTION: Deciduous

FLORAL CHARACTERISTICS
SYMMETRY: Bilateral (Zygomorphic)
BLOOM TIME: June-July
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
x x x x

BLOOM COLOR: pink
White Red Pink Orange Yellow Green Blue Lavender Purple Violet Brown Not Applicable
x x

FRUITING PERIOD: Aug.-Oct. (persisting into the winter).

DISTRIBUTION
HABITAT TYPE: Bottomlands, Moist forests
NATIVE RANGE: se. U.S. to Mexico & West Indies

HORTICULTURAL
Plant Sale Text: American beautyberry is a fountain-shaped shrub native to coastal NC. This adaptable species is tolerant of various soils, as long as soil does not dry out. Its gracefully arching stems are showy throughout the fall, due to clusters of bright purple berries. It works well as an understory shrub. To keep American beautyberry more compact you can prune its stems back close to ground level in March but wait until its third year so it is established.

Bloom Table Text: While this common native shrub appears somewhat unremarkable through most of the year, it creates a striking display in September. This is when the pale pink midsummer flowers give way to whorls of violet berries that brighten the fall landscape and attract the attention of Bluebirds, Mockingbirds, Robins and Thrushes. It is a favorite of the Black-throated Blue Warbler in fall migration. Beautyberry is quite easy to cultivate, growing vigorously in almost any soil and in all but the deepest shade. To keep American beautyberry more compact you can prune its stems back close to ground level in March but wait until its third year so it is established.

NCBG Location: Education Center Landscapes, Coastal Plain Habitat, Children&#39s Wonder Garden, Totten Center Landscapes

Cultural Notes:

SOIL MOISTURE: Dry, Average
LIGHT EXPOSURE: Sun, Part Shade, Shade
MINIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 7
MAXIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 11
GERMINATION CODE: 1
WILDLIFE VALUE: Bee Friendly, Bird Friendly
DEER RESISTANCE:

GRIM ACCESSIONS

acc_id acc_num acc_dt coll_id Action
793 1985-0451 View
6558 1996-0188 View
6561 1996-0191 View
8785 2007-0055 2007-03-14 View
8912 1986-1688 0000-00-00 1628 View


GRIM COLLECTIONS

Coll_id Project Collection date Collector Action
514 SOS 2015-10-01 Dakar View
521 SOS 2015-09-30 Driskill View
533 SOS 2015-10-07 Dakar View
818 SOS 2016-10-26 Walker View
1322 HORT 2006-10-27 Bryan View
1511 HORT 2005-03-08 Bryan View
1628 HORT 1986-12-22 Moore View
1696 HORT 2005-01-01 Bryan View


GRIM PLANTINGS

plt_num acc_id loc_num pers_num inst_dt Action
1511 793 166 NCBG staff 1999-12-08 View
3011 8912 27 NCBG staff 1996-01-01 View
3012 8912 6 Liloia 1986-12-22 View
3013 8912 81 NCBG staff 1987-04-01 View
9264 6558 142 NCBG staff 1996-03-06 View
9267 6561 142 NCBG staff 1996-03-06 View
12037 8785 60 NCBG staff 0000-00-00 View
12268 8912 39 NCBG staff 2011-02-22 View
12270 8912 38 Liloia 2011-04-20 View
12755 0 23 Liloia 0000-00-00 View

USDA PLANTS DATABASE

USDA Symbol: CAAM2
USDA Common Name: American Beautyberry
Native Status: L48 (N)
Distribution: USA (AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA)
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Shrub

NATIONAL WETLAND INDICATOR STATUS

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACU FACU FACU FACU

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2016 National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.3 (Lichvar, R.W., D.L. Banks, W.N. Kirchner, and N.C. Melvin. 2016. The National Wetland Plant List: 2016 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2016-30: 1-17. Published 28 April 2016. ISSN 2153 733X). Regions: AGCP-Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain, AK-Alaska, AW-Arid West, CB-Caribbean, EMP-Eastern Mountains and Piedmont, GP-Great Plains, HI-Hawaii, MW-Midwest, NCNE-Northcentral and Northeast, WMCV-Western Mountains, Valleys & Coast

WEAKLEY FLORA

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Callicarpa americana
COMMON NAME: Beautyberry, American Beautyberry, French-mulberry
SYNONYMY: [= C, F, G, K, Mo, RAB, S, Va, W, WH3]
PHENOLOGY: Jun-Jul; Aug-Oct (persisting into the winter).
HABITAT: Hammocks, other forests (especially with sandy or rocky soils), maritime forests (the main habitat northward), disturbed areas.
COMMENTS: MD and AR south to s. FL, TX, Mexico; West Indies.
RANGE MAP: Callicarpa americana.png

Key to Map Symbols
ABOUT FAMILY (Weakley Flora)
Lamiaceae Lindley 1836 or LABIATAE A.L. de Jussieu 1789 (Mint Family)
SUMMARY: A family of about 230-250 genera and 6700-7170 species, herbs, shrubs, vines, and trees, cosmopolitan. The placement in the Lamiaceae of several genera traditionally placed in Verbenaceae (e.g. Clerodendrum) is strongly supported by several lines of evidence.
REFERENCE: Harley et al. in Kadereit (2004).
ABOUT GENUS (Weakley Flora)
Callicarpa L. (Beautyberry)
SUMMARY: A genus of about 140 species, small trees, shrubs, and lianas, mainly tropical and subtropical.
REFERENCE: Moldenke (1980)=Z; Harley et al. in Kadereit (2004).

HERBARIUM RESOURCES

SERNEC: Find Callicarpa americana in Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)
UNC SERNEC: Find Callicarpa americana in University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium - Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)

WEB RESOURCES

USDA: Find Callicarpa americana in USDA Plants
NPIN: Find Callicarpa americana in NPIN Database
FNA: Find Callicarpa americana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Callicarpa americana

NCBG IMAGE RECORDS

ID IMAGE1: 12859
ID IMAGE2: 7886
ID IMAGE3: 12859

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