Beautyberry is a tough and fast-growing native shrub that produces an amazing display of bright magenta berries in the fall.
- Berries attract birds
- Drought tolerant
- Easy to grow
- 5 to 8 ft. tall and wide - 4 to 6 ft. if cut back each spring
- Leaves turn yellow and drop in the fall
- Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 7, 8, 9, and 10
The small pink flowers open in mid-summer while the berries start ripening and turn purple mid-September in central North Carolina.
How to grow
Beautyberry is adaptable, quick to establish, and drought tolerant. Grow in full sun to part shade – will grow in shade, but flower and berry production will be sparse. The secret to growing beautyberry is planting in moist, but well-drained soil as plants suffer when exposed to soil that stays too wet.
American beautyberry is one of the latest native shrubs to leaf out in the spring. This is because the new leaves are sensitive to frost and have evolved to wait until the danger of frost has passed before they start growing.
Care and maintenance
For a more compact plant and fuller display of berries, cut stems to 1 ft. above ground level before growth starts in spring.
Where to plant
At the back of flower beds, along woodland edges, and at property lines and driveways.
When to plant
In zones 7 and above, beautyberry can be planted anytime the ground isn’t frozen. For adventurous gardeners further north, plant in the spring to get plants well-established before winter.
If planting in a group, space plants 5 to 7 ft. apart.
When will my beautyberry produce fruit?
Plants planted in the spring should flower and produce berries their first year in the ground. Beautyberry is self-fertile and only one plant is needed to produce fruit.
Native habitat and range
Grows on the edge of woodlands, usually in sandy soils from Virginia to Florida.
Source and origin
Plants are grown from seeds collected along the edge of a woodland in Moore County, North Carolina.
The leaves were once used in animal bedding to repel insects, and current research is investigating their use as a mosquito repellent. Humans can eat the berries, but they don't taste very good.
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All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. We ship orders at the beginning of the week so they don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after midnight on Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.Are your plants shipped in their containers?
Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions of the containers are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep or 32 fl. oz.What shipping carriers do you use?
UPS Ground and occasionally USPS Priority Mail for some smaller orders.Do you guarantee your plants?
We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.
On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know.
If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.What about sales tax?
We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.Where can I find information about your plants?
Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.