American Beautyberry is a native deciduous shrub that produces inconspicuous lavender
flowers in mid summer but as fall approaches the plant becomes laden with brightly
colored clusters of purple fruit producing a striking display. American Beautyberry
prefers light shade or protection from the afternoon sun in Oklahoma. It grows from
5 to 10' high and just as broad but overgrown plants can be rejuvenated by cutting
them to the ground in winter without sacrificing fruit since the flowers are produced
on new growth. This native shrub can be massed as an informal hedge, incorporated
into a mixed border, or used as an understory plant in a naturalistic garden setting.
White fruited cultivars are also available.
Exposure: Light shade
Soil: Moist, well-drained
Hardiness: USDA Zone 6