Sunday, November 9, 2008

American beautyberry

Our American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) lives in a shaded corner of our backyard. Darn, I can't remember, but I'm pretty sure we planted it summer '06. So far, no pretty purple berries. The past week or so, the leaves have begun to look puny, not their usual bright, healthy green. Uh oh, I worry as I water. No more beautyberry? Too much water?

What are we doing wrong?

Turns out nothing. According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, beautyberries have "yellow-green fall foliage." That's a relief! It's really a pretty plant.

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