Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Mountains)

Look for it in hammocks, other forests (esp with sandy or rocky soils), maritime forests (the main habitat northward), disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite or subopposite

FLOWER:
Summer
Lavender/ Pinkish
5-toothed calyx
5-lobed corolla
4 exserted stamens, attached to corolla tube

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Violet/ Purple
Drupe

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Callicarpa americana   FAMILY Lamiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Callicarpa americana   FAMILY Verbenaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 162-04-001:
Callicarpa americana   FAMILY Verbenaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Callicarpa americana

 

COMMON NAME:
American Beautyberry, French Mulberry, Beautybush


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_caam2_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_caam2_012_lvd

        

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmcamericana_cabins1

June?    Clarendon County    SC

Flowers small, tubular, appearing from leaf axils in mid to late summer. — Patrick McMillan

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JK Marlow    jkm0307j_18

July    Buncombe County    NC

NC Arboretum

The flowers are in axillary clusters, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

picture of Callicarpa americana, image of Callicarpa americana

JK Marlow    jkm0507k_16

July    Greenville County    SC

Wildcat Falls Wayside Park

picture of Callicarpa americana, image of Callicarpa americana

JK Marlow    jkm0308g_25

August    Chester County    SC

Landsford Canal State Park

picture of Callicarpa americana, image of Callicarpa americana

JK Marlow    jkm070802_016

August    Pickens County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0309j_22

September    Greenville County    SC

Fruit numerous, small, 0.25" diameter, bright purple. — Patrick McMillan

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JK Marlow    jkm0309q_17

September    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

Lvs 3-5" long with serrated margin; fuzzy green above, white woolly beneath. — Patrick McMillan

picture of Callicarpa americana, image of Callicarpa americana

JK Marlow    jkm0309q_20

September    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

Height usually 4 to 6', per Gardening with Native Plants of the South.

picture of Callicarpa americana, image of Callicarpa americana

JK Marlow    jkm130913_329

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Leaves opposite or sub-opposite, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Callicarpa americana, image of Callicarpa americana

JK Marlow    jkm130913_329b

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Scurfy, stellate-pubescent twigs, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Callicarpa americana, image of Callicarpa americana

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_callicarpa_americana

September        

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Paul Thompson    pstcallicarpa_americana

September?        

Leaf shape is elliptical; leaf margin is serrate. — Clemson Extension

picture of Callicarpa americana, image of Callicarpa americana

JK Marlow    jkm151009_391

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    s081012_e

October    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Leaves ovate, ovate-lanceolate, or elliptic, acute to acuminate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Harry Davis    hld233_mg_0057

November    Greenville County    SC