Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Beautyberry/ French mulberry
Callicarpa americana
Verbenaceae

Leaves are simple, opposite, deciduous, and ovate with toothed margins and light brown hair on upper and lower leaf surfaces.  Twigs and buds are covered with dense brown-white hair.  Fruit is a beautiful purple drupe.  Beautyberry is an understory shrub found on a variety of sites in the southern U.S.  Butterflies like the flowers. 

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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