American Beautyberry, French Mulberry
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub grows rapidly to 3-8 ft wide and 6 ft wide (0.9-2.4 x 1.8 m), with an open habit.
Considered the coarsest of the ones mentioned here. Leaves opposite, simple, elliptic-ovate
to ovate-oblong, 7-15cm long, toothed, softly pubescent above and tomentose below. Pale blue or
white flowers appear in spring or early summer in small clusters. Fruit 5-10 mm across, violet,
and borne close to the stem.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (6) 7 Native range from Maryland to North Carolina,
Arkansas, south to Mexico, and West Indies.