Saturday, August 15, 2009

Winter dining for the birds

The American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) has gone from its insignificant flower mode to the berry mode. These little green bundles will begin to fill out and turn to a shiny pink/lavender this fall. When the leaves fall these shiny berries will provide another brilliant specimen in your yard and signal "open" to our feathered friends for dining this fall and winter.

Decidious shrub can reach 6 feet tall by 6 feet wide. Here in Central Texas I would recommend planting it in a great deal of shade and it will require no water (after established). Good for USDA Zones 6 - 10.

Smelling the Roses