The Perfect Gift for Birdwatchers
The American Beautyberry blooms in late Summer in a burst of petite white and pink flowers. Then… get ready for a profusion of jewel-like purple berries that birds can’t resist. Besides its beauty, the American Beautyberry is famous as a mosquito repellent. Simply rub its leaves onto your skin for a natural way to beat pesky skeeters.
The botanical name “callicarpa” means beautiful fruit. Also called the American Mulberry, this Native American shrub grows wild in woodland areas of the southeastern U.S. In your garden, the shrub will grow from 3 to 8 feet, and is often used as an attractive border. It prefers part shade and well-drained soil. Once established, they are drought tolerant.