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Beautyberry (Callicarpa bodinieri)

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by Bill on November 22, 2004 05:41 PM
[teacher] Beautyberry (Callicarpa bodinieri) is a deciduous shrub which is hardy in USDA zones 6-8. Beautyberry grows to a height of 6-8 feet with a 4-6 foot spread.

The foliage is a beautiful bronze color as it emerges in spring, but soon turns to a bright green. Small lavender flowers will appear on new growth by mid-summer which produce clusters of berries which ripen to intensely purple color by early fall. The berries will remain on the plant after the foliage drops providing a beautifully contrasting effect in the garden during the winter months.

Callicarpa bodinieri should be planted in full sun for maximum fruit production. Water regularly and feed lightly with a balanced, liquid fertilizer monthly during the growing season. Beautyberry should be pruned in early Spring if it becomes leggy or mis-shapen.

Beautyberry (Callicarpa bodinieri)

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by weezie13 on November 22, 2004 07:01 PM
Bill, [Cool] [Cool] [Cool] [Cool] [Cool] [Cool]

Renee had those too!!!!

Weezie

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by gardenmom32210 on November 22, 2004 07:59 PM
They grow all over the place down here! I've got a couple myself [flower]

G-Mom [grin]
by weezie13 on November 22, 2004 08:30 PM
That purple is AWESOME!!!!! [Cool] [thumb] [flower]

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by ServantsHeart2003 on November 23, 2004 04:30 AM
I take it that as tempting as those berries look you best keep them out of any people mouths?? Bet the birds tear them UP!! hehehe

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by afgreyparrot on November 23, 2004 03:36 PM
That was my question, too.
Can you eat them??? [dunno]
I would have to try one to see how it tasted.

Cindy

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by gardenmom32210 on November 23, 2004 03:50 PM
[Frown] They're poisonous! [Frown]

G-Mom [grin]
by Bill on November 23, 2004 04:34 PM
I thought that I had read that they weren't poisonous so I did some checking and according to the US Army's "Guide to Toxic plants", Beauty Berries aren't toxic. I tested a couple... they taste really, really yucky! The birds (Cedar Waxwings) like them though. [scaredy]

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by afgreyparrot on November 23, 2004 04:51 PM
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Beautyberry Wine! [thumb]

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by gardenmom32210 on November 23, 2004 05:02 PM
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They're poisonous!
Oooops...sorry [dunno]

G-Mom [grin]
by <Forager1> on January 04, 2005 04:34 AM
They are NOT poisonous... I've been eating them in sweet potato pancakes for breakfast since I was a young boy when my dad would take me hunting, fishing, or just out camping here in Florida. They grow in every county in the state. Most folks gripe about the hardness of their seeds when raw but the seeds soften during cooking in the pancake. TRY IT!

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