Fall Treats: The Beautyberry

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East Texas fall foliage is just beginning to appear. The sweetgums will be turning soon and my cameras are ready.

This is the time of year when those beautiful purple berries appear all over this area. The bush is a Callicarpa, common name American Beautyberry. My dad called it a “French Mulberry” and I think Grandma had another name for it, as well. I was surprised to learn it’s sold through nurseries since it seems to be all over the woods around here. Birds and raccoons eat the berries and we enjoy the great color this time of year.

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The Beautyberry feeds birds and small mammals in East Texas

 

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