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Old 11-11-2010, 08:31 PM   #1
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A beautiful first plant listing, 'Lib!
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:46 PM   #2
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Ooooooo. Very nice! Well done.

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Old 11-11-2010, 08:56 PM   #3
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I will add a few notes about my American Beautyberries:

I have one planted under an eave. The shaded parts did not develop berries; the half that received more sunlight did produce a large number of deep-lavender opaque berry clusters.

The bushes die back every year here in St. Louis. The dead branches should be trimmed to the ground before the new growth begins, as those canes will not produce leaves again.

The plant is a little slow to start up in the spring.

The leaves die when the weather cools (pre-frost I think). They cling to the branches but are easy to rake off. I like to remove the dead leaves but leave the decorative berry clusters for birds.

I personally haven't seen any birds eating the berries, but I presume that birds will eat them eventually.

The one under the eave has reached an adult size and is about five feet high, and slightly wider than it is tall. Leaves are on the large side, but foliage tends to be open and airy. I pinch back some of the tips; may be rangy late in season otherwise. I watered a few times during the summer.

I also planted four in a more open, sunny, wild, unwatered location. They grew to about waist-high and had more sparse foliage but still produced beautiful berries. One died, but I don't know if it died after winter (due to cold) or during the summer (due to lack of water).
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