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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



Type of Plant

Shrubs Shrubs

Bloom Season

June - August


Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 6'
Max spread Max Spread: 6'


  • Naturalize
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Clay Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Birds Birds


    Native Range

    Southeastern United States


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

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b 10a 10b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b 10a 10b

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