I first noticed Beautyberry on a drive home from the beach one September weekend about ten years ago. I saw a bush in a North Carolina yard with a purple berry that I’d never seen. When I got home, I researched and discovered that it was a Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana. Beautyberry grows in my area of Virginia, but it is not a common plant in most people’s landscape.
Two Octobers ago, my friend Elsie and I were taking a walk in Southern Shores (OBX) between tennis matches. We saw naturalized Beautyberry bushes in several locations, so of course I had to photograph it.
This summer I tried to buy a Beautyberry at a local nursery but they didn’t have any available, although the owner promised to call when when a fall shipment arrived. I got the call on Thursday that they were available and Saturday a Beautyberry came home with me.
Before I purchased the Beautyberry, I could have sworn that I read that this plant is deer proof. Last night I read on a website that the foliage is a favorite amongst deer. Oh no. After I planted the Beautyberry, I gave it a good coating of Liquid Fence and I’ve got my fingers crossed that the deer will find something else to eat.
Have you noticed this plant where you live?