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Native plant of the month: American Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana - October 2021

American beauty berry is a deciduous shrub naturally occurring in the understory of upland and coastal woodlands. The arching branches bear attractive purple berries in the fall and requires little to no maintenance. The plant grows 3-6 feet tall and may be cut up to12 inches above the base each winter to encourage more compact, bushy growth. It is an excellent choice for edge and understory plantings and tolerates many soil conditions. The seeds are eaten by birds and the foliage is a favorite of white tail deer.

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