In Missouri, American Beautyberry is a small perennial shrub with striking purple berries in early October & November; further south, the plant can get to be quite large (sometimes up to eight feet). It is a long-lived plant, but during especially harsh winter it may die back to the ground. Wait until spring before pruning any dead branches or cut the entire plant back to 6 - 10 inches in late winter.American beautyberry has small pink flowers from June through August and is a good candidate for the butterfly garden. The berries aren't a bird favorite, but they'll eventually nibble at them late in the year. They are edible for people, though they lack much flavor.Uses: Showy berries, butterflies, ornamental shrubBloom time: June - AugustHeight: 3 to 5 feet in MissouriSpace: 3 to 5 feetSun: Sun to medium shadeMoisture: Average
Seed: Dry, clean seed remains viable for several years if stored in a refrigerator. Stratification doesn't seem to be a requirement, but it won't hurt anything. Seed sown in June or July typically germinates within 30 days. Surface-sow seeds and barely cover them.