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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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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.

    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.

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