American Beautyberry

Callicarpa americana

American beautyberry is a Central Texas native shrubby small tree that’s perfect under large shade trees. It likes the filtered sun but can take some sun.

Growing to about four to six feet tall and wide in most situations, this deciduous, somewhat shrubby plant may get even larger with ample rainfall and healthy soil conditions.

It has a mostly upright growth habit, until it produces its gorgeous berries, which form in the axils of the leaves, causing the branches to droop slightly, and quite attractively.

Listed as hardy to USDA Zone 6, American beauty berry returns reliably to Central Texas gardens each year, unless other environmental conditions, such as too much sun or not enough water, cause it to perish. If it freezes back, simply cut it back in spring.

Late spring flowers attract many pollinators, including bees and butterflies.

The purple clusters of berries, produced from summer through fall, are a wonderful food source and attractant for birds.

Not deer resistant.