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American Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana


Common Name:  American beautyberry

Type: shrub

Family:  Lamiaceae

Zone: 6 to 10     Find Your Zone

Height: 3 to 6 feet

Width: 3 to 6 feet

Bloom Time: june to august

Bloom Color: pink

Sun exposure: full sun to partial shade

Soil: fertile, moist clay or sandy

Leaves: deciduous

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen

Pruning: January and February


This unique plant gets purple berry clusters growing around the stems. Berries grow more profusely in the full sun. This low maintenance shrub is very unique and makes a great talking piece in the landscape. Plants produce more profusely when planted in masses. Prune in fall or early summer as plant blooms on new growth.


PLANTING GUIDE


STEP 1: Digging the hole


  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.


STEP 2: Putting plant in hole


  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.


STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole


  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type.
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.


STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing


  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2016-12-18T19:56:47+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL
 
 

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