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Old 09-14-2009, 01:20 PM   #1
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This time of the year, the edges of the woods around here are decorated with purple berries of the Beauty Berry Bush (Callicarpa Americana), This year, I managed to remember to take a picture of the blooms of this bush back in around June, equally as beautiful as the berries. I also took a picture of the berries beginning to form about a month ago. Then took a picture showing the showy berries this month. Some of the plants in the last picture of the stand of this bush are almost 7' tall.

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Old 09-14-2009, 01:40 PM   #2
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Ah, the beautiful beautyberry. Lovely photos rjbman.
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:58 PM   #3
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I want some of those!!! Nice photos. Now I want some even more.
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:25 AM   #4
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I have seeds saved from a spot about 20 miles from our new home. I'm thinking of wintersowing some to see if I get lucky. (I didn't collect the seeds; a three-year-old who didn't know better did. Once I got a look at the spot, it probably didn't hurt a thing -- lots there.)
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Are you going to do it? I mean try winter sowing them?
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I don't see why not. I need to research its needs and find a spot. I may have a soil ph issue; we'll see. It was growing in an area with limestone as the bedrock, and our place is mostly on the sandstone cap on top of that limestone unit.
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I'd try some. They winter sow well. Get all the pulp off. Let them soak in water and that will help.
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I'll try it. We spotted some dolomite today, in place just under the sandy chert (I have been informed that chert is what we have, not sandstone). So we don't have much on top of the dolomite, and that's encouraging about the soil pH.

What sort of sun do they need, do you know?
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All the plants we have grow right at the edge of the woods. Seemed to like partial sun.

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That's good news. Edge of woods and in the woods are my two options.
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