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Common Name: American Beautyberry

Other Names: French Mulberry, Beautyberry, Sourbush, Bunchberry, Foxberry, Turkeyberry, Spanish Mulberry

Species Name: Callicarpa americana

Family Name: Verbenaceae, Vervain Family 

Note: Learn more about American Beautyberry from Oklahoma Proven.





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Southeastern quarter as far west as Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri
Distribution in Oklahoma Eastern third of the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Long, arching branches
    • Leaves oval, pointed and serrated
    • Fine hairs on twigs; bark light gray-brown to gray


    • Purplish-red clusters of spherical fruits around where leaves attach
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Simple
    • Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
    • Leaf Blade Edge: Serrated
    • Leaf Blade Edge: 6-15 centimeters
    • Growth Form: Shrub 
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 4-5
    • Flower Color: Pink
    • Flower Timing: June-August
    • Fruit Type: Drupes



Soil Type Loam or sandy soil
Habitat Wooded hillsides, bottomlands and in upland sites
Successional Stage Mid


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