How to use American Beautyberries as food and mosquito repellent (2022)

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American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is an attractive, common landscape shrub native to the southeastern US. It produces edible berries that can be turned into very tasty recipes and leaves that can be used an effective insect repellent. Learn all about beautyberries in this article!

Last fall we were at a friend’s house who is an adventuresome eater, but hasn’t yet familiarized herself with the abundance of edible food plants that can be found growing wild in most home landscapes.

In her front yard, I quickly pointed out some of the edible plants she was unintentionally growing: wild garlic, chickweed, sheep sorrel, and beautyberries, among others.

Though we skipped grazing the wild garlic in order not to make our breath offensive, we sampled the other edibles. Sheep sorrel tastes like lemons. Chickweed tastes like corn silk.

Then we moved on to the beautyberries, which she — like many others — had planted as a landscape plant, completely oblivious to its edibility.

The berries were bright purple and at peak ripeness. She nibbled a few and exclaimed, “wow, those are really unique!” Indeed.

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Ripe beautyberries in our harvest basket.

What do raw beautyberries taste like?

Raw fresh beautyberries have a very unique flavor that’s hard to compare to anything else: they’re mildly sweet and have spicy notes somewhat similar to Asian five spice. Something we’e also come to learn about beautyberries: different species have different flavors:

  • American beautyberries are generally much more intensely spice flavored and less sweet;
  • Asian beautyberries (more on those below) are generally much less intensely spice flavored but more sweet (better for fresh eating but not as good for cooked recipes).

Generally speaking, beautyberries aren’t something you’ll want to eat by the handful like blackberries or strawberries, but they can be used to make a number of very tasty and unusual recipes, a few of which we’ll detail in this article.

But first we want to provide some additional information for anyone interested in finding, growing, or using beautyberries — which are also an important plant for native wildlife…

An introduction to beautyberries (Callicarpa)

Different species of beautyberries grow around the world, from Asia to South America to Australia. In fact, there are at least 140 species of Callicarpa globally.

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One of the non-native Asian beautyberry species beginning to ripen from green to purple in late summer in South Carolina. How to tell this isn’t an American beautyberry? The easiest way: more loosely formed fruit clusters on small stems that dangle off the main branch. Long weeping branches (rather than upright branches) also help make the ID.

How can you tell American beautyberries from non-native beautyberries?

The most common beautyberries you’ll see in North America are native American beautyberries (Callicarpa americana) and imported Asian beautyberries (C. bodinieri, C. dichotoma, C. japonica).

You might have spotted a beautyberry plant and are now wondering: How do you tell American beautyberries apart from non-native Asian beautyberries? Here’s what we’ve found:

  1. Fruit ripening time – American beautyberries fully ripen later than non-native beautyberries. For instance, some Asian beautyberry plants we harvest from are fully ripe by late August-early September, whereas American beautyberries won’t fully ripen until October. (*Fully ripen meaning all fruit on the plant is lilac in color and ripe.)
  2. Fruit cluster structure – Asian beautyberries feature loosely formed berry clusters on small stems that dangle from the main branch. American beautyberries form tight clusters wrapped right around the main branch (no dangling stems). This feature is the easiest way to distinguish between native vs non-native when the fruit is ripe.
  3. Plant and leaf size – American beautyberry plants are larger and more upright than Asian species which tend to be shorter with arching branches. American beautyberry leaves also tend to be longer than Asian species (3-6″ inches long vs. 1-3″ long), but this is not always the case from what we’ve seen.
  4. Berry flavor – As mentioned earlier, American beautyberries tend to be more intensely spice-flavored and less sweet than Asian species.

Note that these distinctions are generalizations that may not always hold true. That’s because there are numerous beautyberry species, sub-species, and hybrids.

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    American beautberry (left) vs Asian beautyberry (right). Note the dense fruit clusters and location of the fruit clusters right around the main branch on the American beautyberry. Asian beautyberries have smaller clusters that form on small stems off of the main branch. Also, the American beautyberry branches are much more upright relative to the weeping branches of Asian beautyberries.

All about American beautyberries

Now, let’s take a deeper dive into American beautyberries (Callicarpa americana).

American beautyberries are native to the southeastern United States, and their range also extends into the Caribbean and northern Mexico. We seldom see them growing wild in our area, but they’re a very popular local landscape plant due to:

  • how easy they are to grow (as most native plants are),
  • their attractive growth habit, and
  • their attractive showy berries which stay on the plant through winter, long after the leaves have dropped.

Beautyberry growing conditions

Beautyberries mature to about 5′ tall x 5′ wide, but we’ll occasionally see them growing to larger sizes in ideal conditions.

The plants prefer full sun, but can tolerate part shade. As a mid-stage succession plant, they don’t grow well in full shade, such as under the canopy of large trees. Rich, well-draining soil is ideal, but here again, the plant is versatile and can grow in a wide variety of soil types and conditions.

If you’re growing beautyberries in your yard or garden, don’t bother to amend your soil before planting. Instead, just maintain a 3-5″ layer of wood chips/mulch on the soil surface, and they’ll stay happy and healthy.

In ideal conditions, a beautyberry plant can live for decades.

Are beautyberries drought-tolerant?

Last summer, we were curious how the native wild edible plants in our area would fare under brutally hot and dry conditions. We had virtually no rain for 8 weeks, and temperatures stayed in the low-mid 90s throughout the drought.

We checked on a nearby native passionfruit patch, which was loaded with fruit and flowers, showing very little stress. About 50 yards away: the spot we go to get beautyberries each fall.

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Under midday heat and sun the beautyberries’ leaves looked slightly limp, but the plants were still loaded with berries, which looked just as large and abundant as they would under more normal weather conditions. In short: yes, beautyberries are very drought tolerant.

The only reason we don’t grow beautyberries in our yarden is because we have limited space and there are spots where we can get all the beautyberries we want or need within a few miles of our home.

When do beautyberry plants flower and fruit? When do you pick beautyberries?

From late spring through early summer, beautyberry plants are covered in small clusters of inconspicuous flowers ranging in color from white to pink to purple. The flowers are quite popular with native pollinators (especially native bees), so you’ll enjoy a pleasant humming sound if you approach a beautyberry plant in flower.

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Beautyberry flowers – early July in Ag Zone 7b.

The berries ripen from green to a bright purple color in late summer-early fall. Berry clusters should be completely purple when picked, which means American beautyberry picking season starts in October where we live (Greenville, SC / Ag zone 7b). As mentioned previously, Asian varieties ripen earlier and we’ve harvested them as early as late August.

Beautyberries can be harvested through the winter up until they turn brown.

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Pregnant Tyrant picking ripe American beautyberries.

Beautyberry harvesting tip

As a newbie, you might consider being a dainty beautyberry picker – pulling off individual berries from the bush. This will be an arduous process given how small and densely clustered the berries are.

Instead, here’s how we pick gallons of beautyberries in a matter of minutes: one person holds a harvest basket underneath a beautyberry branch while the other person strips off entire clusters with one hand and holds the branch steady with the other. Move to the next branch and continue.

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Perfectly ripe clusters of beautyberries can easily be stripped off of the plant in their entirety by swiping your hand down the stem of the plant.

Yes, this will result in some leaves ending up in your harvest basket but those can easily be removed later.

Warning: Some people can have an allergic reaction to beautberry leaves. Be aware of this possibility and tread lightly your first time picking beautyberries until you know you’re not allergic. You may also want to wear a long-sleeved shirt and gloves.

Grow native beautyberries to help support native wildlife

Native plants tend to have long-established, mutually beneficial relationships with native animals. That’s why birds such as cardinals, woodpeckers, and mockingbirds, eat beautyberries throughout the winter. These birds then poop out beautyberry seeds far and wide, helping the next generation of beautyberries spread.

Apparently, beautyberry leaves are quite popular with deer, so if you grow them in your yard, you may need to take extra precautions to keep deer out.

Beautyberries are also a host plant for native moth species and make an ideal overwintering habitat for other insect species. You can often find Carolina mantis egg casings stuck to beautyberry stems and branches.

Growing beautyberries from seed or cuttings

Beautyberries can easily be propagated from cuttings or grown from seed. They’re also commonly found at local nurseries if you want to get an older plant.

a. Growing beautyberries from cuttings

Cut 6-8″ stems from mature beautyberry plants in the late winter ~6-8 weeks before the plant has broken dormancy. Dip bottom 3″ in rooting hormone, then stick in small container filled with damp potting soil.

Store outdoors and make sure the soil remains damp, but not wet. Roots will establish by spring and you can transplant the young plants into their final spots in the fall.

b. Growing beautyberries from seed

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Inside each small purple beautyberry, you’ll find about four small yellow seeds. Each seed can be used to grow a new beautyberry plant.

Collect past-ripe beautyberries in the winter. Remove seeds and store in fridge over winter.

In early spring, sow seeds 1/4″ deep in small containers with seed starting mix. Keep damp. Seeds should germinate within 2-3 weeks. Place containers outdoors in sunny spot after germination. Keep watered through summer.

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Transplant into final outdoor spot in the fall — or pot up to bigger container and transplant larger plants in year two.

Using beautyberry leaves as an insect repellent

Even the most avid nature lovers (us included) despise mosquitos and ticks. We use Bt dunks to keep mosquitos out of our yard, but what to do to keep mosquitos and ticks off of you while you’re hiking or foraging?

Crush beautyberry leaves in your hand and rub them on yourself. (Or make a beautyberry leaf salve/lotion.) The result: a natural, highly effective single-ingredient mosquito and tick repellent.

No, this isn’t just a folk remedy. This information comes courtesy of USDA researchers. Excerpt:

“Traditional folklore remedies many times are found to lead nowhere following scientific research,” he [Charles Cantrell, an ARS chemist in Oxford] continued. “The beautyberry plant and its ability to repel mosquitoes is an exception. We actually identified naturally occurring chemicals in the plant responsible for this activity.”

Three repellent chemicals were extracted during the 12-month study: callicarpenal, intermedeol and spathulenol. The research concluded that all three chemicals repulse mosquitoes known to transmit yellow fever and malaria.

Yet another reason to grow or forage for beautyberries!

For the record, I also crush fresh catnip leaves in my hands, rub it on my skin, and find it also repels mosquitos, so beautyberries aren’t the only plant you can grow with strong insect/mosquito-repellent compounds. (Read our interview: From the scientists: how to use catnip as a mosquito repellent.)

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Asian beautyberries turning purple in mid-August. Even though the berries aren’t fully ripe, the leaves are in perfect shape for using as a mosquito and tick deterrent.

How to eat beautyberries

As mentioned throughout this article, yes, beautyberries are indeed edible. They’re just not something you’ll want to eat raw by the handful. However, they are quite good once cooked and properly prepared.

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Beautyberry honey jello makes a colorful, tasty seasonal dessert. Read on to find out how to make it!

Preparing beautyberries for recipes

Our favorite thing to do with beautyberries is to make a concentrated beautyberry “juice” that we then use to make into other beautyberry recipes. Here’s how:

1. Put equal quantities of fresh beautyberries and water into a pot on your stove (example 5 cups beautyberries and 5 cups water).

2. Bring to low boil for about 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes.

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Your beautyberries will lose their color as you cook them. Don’t worry! All that beautiful color stays in the final juice when you strain them.

3. First strain – Strain through metal pasta strainer to remove seeds and skin.

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The first strain removes the beautyberry pulp and seeds.

4. Second strain into jars – Strain through finer strainer when pouring into jars for storage.

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Preparing for a second finer strain to remove any additional sediment as the beautyberry juice is poured into jars.

5. Put jars of beautyberry juice in the fridge. These can be stored for up to a month. You can also make beautyberry ice cubes, then put the ice cubes into freezer bags for long-term storage.

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A jar of pure beautyberry juice ready for the fridge and future beautyberry recipes!

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What does the base unsweetened beautyberry concentrate/juice taste like? Almost exactly like hibiscus roselle tea (from Hibiscus sabdariffa). Tangy, slightly sweet, with interesting slightly spicy and bitter notes at the end.

Beautyberry nutritional content

While there’s no available data we’ve seen on beautyberry nutrition, our guess — based on the berries’ flavor and color — is that beautyberries:

  • have very high Vitamin C levels (tang),
  • contain high concentrations of other vitamins and minerals,
  • have high levels of carbohydrates, like other berries (sweet),
  • have very high fiber content (if eaten raw with seeds and skin),
  • contain high levels of beneficial antioxidant compounds, which give them their purple color.

Beautyberry recipes:

You can use your concentrated beautyberry juice (using instructions above) as a base for all sorts of beautyberry recipes, such as:

  • beautyberry tea
  • beautyberry sauces (really good on white fish, pork, poultry, etc)
  • beautyberry jelly
  • beautyberry jello
  • beautyberry wine
  • beautyberry sorbet

Recipe: Beautyberry tea

I’m happily drinking a cup of beautyberry tea as I write!

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Beautyberry tea looks and tastes almost identical to hibiscus tea made from Hibiscus sabdariffa calyxes.

Beautyberry tea is quite simple to make. Heat 1/2 cup beautyberry juice (using our concentrated beautyberry juice recipe from above) with 1/2 cup water. Add a bit of sweetener (like stevia powder or honey), and enjoy. As mentioned earlier, beautyberry tea tastes almost identical to hibiscus tea: tangy and citrusy.

We’ve never done it, but you could also probably get good results by drying whole beautyberries, then using them as a tea flavoring.

Recipe: Beautyberry jello

Given the beautiful purple color of beautyberries, they lend themselves well to recipes such as jellies and jellos. Beautyberry jelly recipes abound on the internet, so we won’t bother replicating that recipe here.

However, we will teach you exactly how to make a good beautyberry jello recipe!

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Beautyberry jello.

Below are some process photos to help you if you’re making this recipe for the first time. Below the photos, you’ll find the recipe with ingredients and instructions:

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You’ll want to use a high quality gelatin. We like PerfectGel Platinum Gelatin sheets, which is the only platinum level gelatin product available in the US. It has a 230 bloom (the highest bloom strength available).

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Using 1/4 cup of the beautyberry juice to rehydrate the cut up gelatin squares.

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Here’s how to make the double boiler mentioned in the recipe below. Larger pan on bottom with water in it. Smaller pan on top, floating on top of the water. This is an important cooking technique when using temperature-sensitive ingredients like gelatin.

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Bringing the beautyberry jello ingredients together in the DIY double boiler.

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Beautyberry honey jello

Course:Dessert

Cuisine:American

Keyword:beautyberry, beautyberry gelatin, beautyberry jello, beautyberry recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Cooling time: 2 hours

Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4

Author: Aaron von Frank

A simple, tasty jello recipe made with native beautyberries and honey.

  • 2stripsgelatin
  • 1cup beautyberry juice (make using instructions from above)
  • 1/8cuphoney (or to taste)
  1. Cut gelatin strips into 1" pieces and place in bowl. Add 1/4 cup of your total beautyberry juice to bowl, stir, and let gelatin fully hydrate (about 10 minutes).

  2. Make a double boiler over low heat by putting water in larger pan on stove and smaller pan inside larger pan (see process photos). Gelatin is fairly heat-sensitive and overheating it can cause it not to set as well, hence the recommendation to use a double boiler.

  3. Mix 3/4 cup beautyberry juice + honey (to taste) in sauce pan on double boiler. Stir until honey is dissolved. Add gelatin/beautyberry juice mix. Stir for a couple of minutes until all ingredients thoroughly dissolved and mixed together. Taste to make sure it's sweet enough for your liking.

  4. Pour into baking dish or molds then place into fridge for a minimum of 2 hours before serving.

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Now you know how to forage or grow beautyberries, use beautyberry leaves as an insect/mosquito repellent, and use beautyberries as a food. We hope you enjoy this delightful native plant!

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FAQs

How do you use Beautyberries? ›

Using beautyberry leaves as an insect repellent

Crush beautyberry *leaves in your hand and rub them on yourself. Or make a beautyberry leaf salve/lotion. The result: a natural, highly effective single-ingredient mosquito and tick repellent.

How do you make American beautyberry mosquito repellent? ›

Ingredients:
  1. 2 cups Beautyberry leaves, chopped.
  2. Boiling water.
  3. Witch Hazel.
  4. 1 ounce Cococut Oil.
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin (optional)
  6. 20-40 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
  7. Small spray bottle.
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Can you eat American beauty berries? ›

Beautyberry serves as a crucial food source for many wild species, particularly birds and deer. The berries are also edible to humans, although should be consumed in small amounts. Raw berries are edible, but generally are used to make jellies and wines.

How do you make beautyberry essential oil? ›

We're going to cover the collected leaves with alcohol. And we're going to let it sit for about four

What is American beautyberry good for? ›

Ethnobotanic: The roots, leaves, and branches were used by various Native American tribes for medicinal purposes to treat malarial fevers and rheumatism. The roots were used to treat dizziness, stomachaches and dysentery. Roots and berries were boiled and drunk to treat colic.

How do you identify beautyberries? ›

American beautyberry has a coarse habit, large-toothed green to yellow-green oval-shaped leaves that turn chartreuse in the fall. Small lilac flowers appear in late summer, and for the next several months, the fruit, which grows in clusters around the stem, ripen to vibrant purple color.

Can you eat Beautyberries raw? ›

Purple beautyberry is edible for humans as well as wild animals and pets. However, people should stick to consuming only small amounts of raw purple beautyberries at once. As an ingredient, the berries are particularly useful in making jam (or jelly) and juice (or wine).

Does American beauty berry repel mosquitoes? ›

Recent research has found the leaves of Beautyberry do indeed harbor an effective mosquito repellent. The shrub, with an open loose habit, is classified in the mint family. It is a perennial that loses its leaves in the dry season and grows 4 to 8 feet wide and tall.

Is beautyberry toxic to dogs? ›

Common American Beautyberry Questions

Beautyberry is not poisonous or toxic to pets. Many birds and small mammals will eat the fruit and deer will eat the foilage.

Is the American beautyberry poisonous to humans? ›

Contrary to popular belief, the brilliant berries are not toxic; they can be used to make a pretty, delectable, rose-colored spread that tastes like mild elderberry jelly, Dyring says. American Indians made beautyberry tea to treat illnesses.

Is American beautyberry bush poisonous? ›

Not only is beauty berry not poisonous, it has several household uses. Despite their bright purple color, the berries on a Beauty Berry bush are edible. They aren't the most delicious fruit, and when raw, their flavor is somewhat astringent. However, the berries make a great jam.

How can you tell the difference between American beautyberry and Japanese beautyberry? ›

The differences basically consist of form, foliage and fruit: Form: The native North American beautyberry is larger than the Asian (non-native) species, is more upright, and is slightly taller than wide. The branches on the oriental species are more arching or weeping in form and are generally equally wide and tall.

Does beautyberry repel ticks? ›

Now ARS scientists in Beltsville, Md., have shown that two beautyberry compounds—callicarpenal and intermedeol—may effectively repel blacklegged ticks as well.

Can chickens eat American beautyberry? ›

Beautyberry - edible for chickens and humans, leaves help repel mosquitoes. Our chickens love them.

Can you freeze beauty berries? ›

If you won't be using them within a day, you can freeze them. Just place them in a freezer bag and remove the air from the bag as much as possible; seal the bag, and place them in your freezer.

Does beautyberry bloom on old wood? ›

Late winter is the time to do it, because beautyberries bloom and set fruit on new wood (the current season's growth). Cutting back plants in late winter or early spring will not sacrifice the next season's fall display.

Can you eat beauty berries in Florida? ›

The fruits are edible to humans, but have an astringent quality and not much flavor, making them somewhat unpalatable raw. Beautyberry jelly, however, is quite tasty. The leaves contain a chemical (callicarpenal) that may repel mosquitoes.

When should I pick my beauty berries? ›

When the beautyberry fruit is ripe, usually in late August or early September, it is time to harvest the seeds. Just hand-pick a bowl of the mature fruits. You can plant the harvested berries immediately if you want them to grow in spring. Even if they fail to germinate the first year, do not give up.

Where can I buy American beautyberry? ›

Beautyberry's native habitat is open meadows, thickets, or woodlands. In the spring, green leaves emerge on upright arching stems. Clusters of small flowers bloom on the stems during the late spring and early summer.

Are Beautyberries self pollinating? ›

They can self-pollinate if the shrub stands alone, but several plants together will result in better fruit production. This is an impressive plant that requires little care, grows fast, and quickly fills space. Most nurseries and plant sales by Master Gardeners and native plant chapters will offer specimens for sale.

Why are they called beauty berries? ›

The American Beautyberry is native to the southern region of the United States as well as into Mexico and into the West Indies. By looking at the plant, you can tell where this common name “Beautyberry” comes from, from this magnificent show of fruit. Now, the genus name Callicarpa does mean beautiful fruit as well.

Do beautyberries like shade? ›

Light: Beautyberry plants prefer full to partial sun. While they produce more berries in full sun, beautyberry is naturally suited to the edges of woodland areas. The more sun plants receive, the more water they will need.

Does beauty berry repel mosquitoes? ›

Recent research has found the leaves of Beautyberry do indeed harbor an effective mosquito repellent. The shrub, with an open loose habit, is classified in the mint family. It is a perennial that loses its leaves in the dry season and grows 4 to 8 feet wide and tall.

Can you freeze beautyberries? ›

If you won't be using them within a day, you can freeze them. Just place them in a freezer bag and remove the air from the bag as much as possible; seal the bag, and place them in your freezer.

Are Florida beauty berries edible? ›

The fruits are edible to humans, but have an astringent quality and not much flavor, making them somewhat unpalatable raw. Beautyberry jelly, however, is quite tasty. The leaves contain a chemical (callicarpenal) that may repel mosquitoes.

How fast do beautyberries grow? ›

Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13" to more than 24" per year.

What grows well with American beautyberry? ›

This plant is best used in mass plantings, especially fronting evergreens such as Rhododendron maximum, but also companions well with Hydrangea quercifolia, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'Raydon's Favorite', Aronia arbutifolia, Pinus virginiana, and Benthamidia florida.

How do you grow beautyberries from seed? ›

Sow the seeds 1/16 of an inch deep in seedling trays or small pots filled with seed-starter potting mix. Find a warm, sunny place, and put your trays there. Lightly moisten the soil with a spray-bottle mister until the seedlings are ready to transplant, typically about three months after sowing.

Can you eat Beautyberries raw? ›

Purple beautyberry is edible for humans as well as wild animals and pets. However, people should stick to consuming only small amounts of raw purple beautyberries at once. As an ingredient, the berries are particularly useful in making jam (or jelly) and juice (or wine).

Are American beauty berries poisonous? ›

Not only is beauty berry not poisonous, it has several household uses. Despite their bright purple color, the berries on a Beauty Berry bush are edible. They aren't the most delicious fruit, and when raw, their flavor is somewhat astringent. However, the berries make a great jam.

Can you eat beauty berry leaves? ›

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Can chickens eat American beautyberry? ›

Beautyberry - edible for chickens and humans, leaves help repel mosquitoes. Our chickens love them.

What does American beautyberry jelly taste like? ›

The answer is that beautyberries are not very tasty when picked directly from the bush, but are delicious when made into a jelly or poured as a sauce over ice cream. Some say the jelly tastes like an elderberry jelly, but with a unique “grape-like” flavor all its own.

Is American beautyberry poisonous to dogs? ›

Common American Beautyberry Questions

Beautyberry is not poisonous or toxic to pets. Many birds and small mammals will eat the fruit and deer will eat the foilage.

How can you tell the difference between American beautyberry and Japanese beautyberry? ›

The differences basically consist of form, foliage and fruit: Form: The native North American beautyberry is larger than the Asian (non-native) species, is more upright, and is slightly taller than wide. The branches on the oriental species are more arching or weeping in form and are generally equally wide and tall.

Do beauty berries attract butterflies? ›

Though this shrub is a Florida native plant (and grows naturally throughout the southern United States), it's not always on hand at garden centers so you may have to order it. Beautyberry attracts birds and butterflies, and has a casual rambling look that works well in cottage-garden landscaping style.

Do birds eat beautyberry? ›

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Robins, thrashers, cardinals, mockingbirds, finches, and towhees go nuts for beautyberries—as do other wildlife, such as squirrels, raccoons, and foxes.

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