American beautyberry Verbenaceae Callicarpa
americana L. symbol: CAAM2
Leaf: Opposite, simple, elliptical to ovate, serrated margin, 3 to 5 inches long, fuzzy above and below, green above, white woolly beneath.
Flower: Small, pink to bluish, tubular, appearing from leaf axils in mid to late summer.
Fruit: Numerous, small, 1/4 inch in diameter, bright purple, ripens in late summer to early fall.
Twig: Slender to moderate, scruffy gray-scaly and brown, light lenticels, oval leaf scar with a single bundle scar, buds small and naked or with a few scales.
Bark: Brown with numerous raised lenticels.
Form: Open shrub reaching heights up to 6 feet.
Looks like: fringetree
Additional Range Information: Callicarpa americana is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting American beautyberry.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654