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  1. #1
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    Nov 2012
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    Round Rock, TX. USA
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    Default beautyberry? (central Texas)

    I thought this was callicarpa americana when I bought it (brilliant purple berries) but now have my doubts. It is 9-10 feet tall and much more tolerant of full sun than expected. The leaves are fuzzy-textured. Freezes to the ground in the years with a winter season but re-sprouts. The bees love it. Does anyone know its real identity?
    Thanks.
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  2. #2
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    Default Re: beautyberry? (central Texas)

    Looks like it to me. Is this the first time it has bloomed? Will have clusters of purple berries up the branch.
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  3. #3
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    Greenville, TX, USA
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    Default Re: beautyberry? (central Texas)

    Much bigger bloom than my beauty berries. Also, mine are only 3 feet tall and maybe 4 feet across.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: beautyberry? (central Texas)

    I'm wondering if it is callicarpa acuminata, Mexican beautyberry instead of callicarpa americana. I planted it in the shade of a hackberry which had to be cut down later. I expected it to overheat and die without that shade but it doesn't seem to mind. Bees work it first thing in the morning but not afternoon.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: beautyberry? (central Texas)

    Ccarter is correct. You have C. acuminata; Mexican Beautyberry or Black Beautyberry. Branches are more tomentose (fuzzy). Flowers clusters are larger and white vs the smaller pink clusters on C. americana.

  6. #6
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    Round Rock, TX. USA
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    Default Re: beautyberry? (central Texas)

    Thank you for the confirmation.

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