American beautyberry Verbenaceae Callicarpa americana L. Listen to the Latin symbol: CAAM2 Other Fact Sheets
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
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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
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