American beauty seeds

NCBG Seeds American Beauty-berry

American beautyberry is a fountain-shaped shrub native to coastal NC. This adaptable species is tolerant of various soils, as long as soil does not dry out. Its gracefully arching stems are showy throughout the fall, due to clusters of bright purple berries. It works well as an understory shrub. To keep American beautyberry more compact you can prune its stems back close to ground level in March but wait until its third year so it is established.

Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.

100 Old Mason Farm Road,
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Get Directions
Visitor Safety

American Beautyberry Seeds

American Beautyberry is an outstanding deciduous shrub that grows 6 to 8 feet. It is valued for its vibrant colored, beadlike fall berries. Berries may be violet, lilac, white, or dusky purple and are most abundant after a long, hot summer. Flowers in summer. This shrub is found throughout the Southeast.

Soil Type: Fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or light.

Zones: 6 to 11

Germination Range: 60-80%

Stratification Requirement: 90 days cold moist stratification.

Indoor Planting: If your seeds require stratification or scarification – do the recommended pretreatment before planting indoors. Planting Instructions: Fill a container with seed starting mix to about ½ inch from the top. Place your seeds 1 inch to 1 ½ inches below the soil surface. Gently water your seeds to keep moist, not soaking wet. Heat & humidity is critical for germination. Germination may occur in 1 week or as long as 3 months (depending on the species). Place the seed container on a heat mat under growing light(s). Keep your growing lights on 14 hours per day. Keep your heat mat on 24 hours per day. Once your seeds germinate, move each seed into its own container under the growing lights and on the heat mat. Keep your seedlings indoors for 2-3 months before transplanting outdoors in the spring (May to June).

Outdoor Planting: If your seeds do not require stratification: the best time to plant tree and shrub seeds outdoors is after the last frost in your area (spring). In the Northern states – the best time to plant seeds outdoors is from May to June. If your seeds require pretreatment: you should plant your seeds outdoors before the ground freezes in your area (late September to early November). Your seeds will naturally stratify during the cold winter. Germination usually occurs in May or during the spring season.