View Larger

Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    All parts of this bold shrub are fragrant. It particularly deserves its name for the profusion of amethyst purple berries borne on its long branches.

    Latin Name

    Callicarpa americana


    Family

    Lamiaceae


    Type of Plant

    Shrubs

    Bloom Season

    June - August


    Seasons

    Fall

    Specifications

    Max Height: 6'
    Max Spread: 6'

    Uses

  • Naturalize
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Tolerances

  • Clay Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Birds

    Colors


    Native Range

    Southeastern United States


    History

    It was first sent to England in 1724 by Mark Catesby.


    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

    Shop Now
    Buy Tickets What to See Calendar Shop Restaurant Donate Membership
    Estate Hours

    Open today from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    iconDirections & Parking
    buy tickets online & save