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PlantFiles: Beautyberry
Callicarpa americana 'Welch's Pink'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Callicarpa (kal-ee-KAR-puh) (Info)
Species: americana (a-mer-ih-KAY-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Welch's Pink

Synonym:Burchardia americana
Synonym:Burchardia callicarpa
Synonym:Callicarpa serrata
Synonym:Callicarpa viburnifolia
Synonym:Johnsonia americana

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By tip layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive getwhelmed On Aug 13, 2008, getwhelmed from Austin, TX wrote:

This plant was found growing wild near Nacogdoches county TX, and has been grown successfully as far west as Austin, TX. It does produce valid seeds which, when grown out, will produce up to 90% pink fuited plants, leading many to believe the plant reproduces apomyctically, or asexually. Essentially, the seeds produce clones of the parent plant, much like many citrus species, rain lilies and dandelions.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Raleigh, North Carolina
Lexington, Virginia

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