|Scientific Name||Callicarpa americana||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CAAM2|
|Common Name||American Beautyberry||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||32114|
|Family||Lamiaceae (Mint)||Wildflower Center Ref.||Click Here|
|Description||Habitat: Moist areas in woods under open pine canopies, thickets, roadsides, and fence rows; pioneer species, tolerant of fire.
Plant: Perennial shrub five to eight feet tall and almost as wide; drooping branches; slender, gray to reddish brown stems.
Leaves: Opposite, ovate to elliptic leaves, 3 to 8 inches long; petioles 3/8 to 1-3/8 inches long; toothed edges; young leaves with small hairs, upper surfaces becoming smooth later.
Inflorescence: Dense clusters of small white/pink blossoms leaf axils; clusters usually not exceeding the leaf petioles; 5 petals united for 1/2 to 2/3 their length; yellow anthers with stamens extending beyond petals.
Fruit: Showy clusters, distinctly colored-pink to lavender to purple, rarely white; berrylike, about 1/4 inch diameter, lasting after the leaves have fallen.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: USDA, Wildflower Center, Florida State College-Jacksonville/David Byres, and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
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