White American Beautyberry

Callicarpa americana var. lactea

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Callicarpa (kal-ee-KAR-puh) (Info)
Species: americana var. lactea




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


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

Brooksville, Florida

Ellenton, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Miami, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Pinellas Park, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Barbourville, Kentucky

Selma, North Carolina

Moore, South Carolina

Belton, Texas

Houston, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Seguin, Texas

Temple, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 8, 2017, msmaryeliz from Newport News, VA wrote:

Newport News VA: this is an incredible shrub, planted in partial sun. When visiting Nags Head area small Nursery/garden center a few years ago, I fell in love with this as I had never seen a white Beauty Berry, but hesitated buying it, saying "I don't really need it"..."my purple one has been in our yard awhile but isn't thriving"..."it's silly to buy it and have to take it a couple hundred miles home when we pack up to go"...my friend who was with me could tell how much I really loved it so she suggested I get it in honor of my son who had passed away from a brain tumor a couple summers before. That convinced me. It has flourished and grown to 8 ft. or more, made several babies which have been given away and one is at our vets' in honor of our wonderful dog Brubeck (some of his ashes in t... read more


On Aug 17, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant died on me twice but the third shrub is doing great. It is planted in mostly shade and gets average water. The white berries make a beautiful display.


On Jan 16, 2009, Robubba from Moulton, IA wrote:

I could've sworn that this naturally grows here in zone five with very tall grass...

It could just be a very fast growing annual though.


On May 3, 2008, TuxedoWarwick from Greenwood Lake, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This variety may not be hardy in zone 6A. Mine died during the winter, whereas every other nearby perennial, including the ones that are marginally hardy in my zone, survived. I'll try again in a different micro-climate on my property and report results.