Published 5:42 pm Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Beautyberry (Callicarpa Americana) is a native shrub that occurs on well-drained soils in the region. On Pocosin Lakes Refuge there are some wild species seeded by birds and other wildlife. They occur on ditch spoils where piles of soil are better drained than the natural soil. Beautyberry blooms later than most native flowering shrubs and is visited by many species of bees. The spherical groups of flowers mature into clusters of lavender berries that turn black through the winter. Songbirds eat the berries during their spring migration.