The bright purple berries are strikingly beautiful. When it's blooming the neighbors stop to ask about it. In summer the leafy open pattern provides shade for part-sun plants. They grow best under larger trees and are a lovely welcome along the walk to the shadier part of the garden. These are 15 years old and are about six feet tall now with a few trims over the years. They are very drought tolerant, although in last year's extreme drought they didn't look as good as in the past.
Callicarpa americana is deciduous and the branches are quite bare after the birds and deer have stripped all the berries so they work best against an evergreen background.
Just in case you think we forgot to rake the leaves, the leaves in this area intentionally remain where they fall as a natural plant mulch.
As soon as the berries begin to form, the birds, especially Cardinals and Mockingbirds, gather in the nearby shrubs and wait. They test the the berries each day and devour the ripe ones until they are all gone. The berries are safe for humans as well and are used to make jellies. Herb tea is made from the root and the leaves are said to ward off mosquitoes and flies.
Nice post! I appreciate the winter and summer colors. Beautiful color on the berries.ReplyDelete
Thank you Chris!Delete
They are so pretty. I've wanted one for years and finally planted a small one out front late last spring. I can't wait for the berries! I also found a dwarf variety that I'm trying in the backyard. Just planted it a few weeks ago...hope they are as pretty as yours some day.ReplyDelete
You will enjoy it as an easy care plant that provides so much beauty and attracts birds.Delete
Yes, I love this plant and it is everything you say it is! I have only one and wish I had more!ReplyDelete
They do need a bit of room, maybe that dwarf version Cat found would work.Delete
I like the look of this plant, especially the berries. Another one for my wish list, I think.ReplyDelete
Hope you can find it over there Crystal, you do have so many of the same plants we do that it should be available.Delete
Your beautyberry is unusually leafy and well-positioned. It seems like it is the kind of plant best used as a background plant, as it is at your place. Nice!ReplyDelete
Thanks DD, most of the photos are from 2010 which was a much better year for all the plants here.Delete
Definitely not a feature plant in all seasons. It does need to be surrounded by evergreens and perennials.
I love these. I may have to put one in the fenced yard. Would like it outside the fence. But, I'm afraid I'd have the frustration of the deer chomping it.ReplyDelete
The first one of these I saw was a large old one, at a heritage village in Dallas where I was a docent. It would be bent over with those beautiful berries in the fall.
While the deer will eat the berries, I've never had them eat the plant or even the leaves as far as I can tell.Delete