Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fall berries for the birds

Here's my Beautyberry bush. I love the color of these berries!!! They are beautiful in the fall garden and the birds enjoy them too. Soon, the  berries will all be eaten, but we get to enjoy their color for awhile. A must for all gardens if you have the room!!!

Callicarpa (beautyberry) is a genus of shrubs and small trees in the family Lamiaceae;[1][2][3] between 40-150 species are accepted by different botanists. They are native to east and southeast Asia (where the majority of the species occur), Australia, southeast North America and Central America.

The temperate species are deciduous, the tropical species evergreen. The leaves are simple, opposite, and 5–25 cm long. The flowers are in clusters, white to pinkish. The fruit is a berry, 2–5 mm diameter and pink to red-purple with a highly distinctive metallic lustre, are very conspicuous in clusters on the bare branches after the leaves fall. The berries last well into the winter or dry season and are an important survival food for birds and other animals, though they will not eat them until other sources are depleted.

Barberry, a very thorny plant that has lovely blossoms in the spring and these wonderful orange berries in the fall.
I bought this one from Heronswood Nursery several years ago and cannot locate the tag?!! Oh well, I still love this bush and the birds adore it in the fall!!! Lots of food for them :^0

Berberis (/ˈbɜrbərɪs/ Bér-be-ris) is a genus of about 450-500 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs from 1–5 m tall with thorny shoots, found throughout the temperate and subtropicalregions of the world (apart from Australia). Species diversity is greatest in South America, Africa and Asia; Europe has a few species, and North America two. The most well-known Berberisspecies is the so-called European barberry, Berberis vulgaris, which is common in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia.

It grows very tall and spikey and just look at all those berries!!! An abundance this year!!!
Take care and Enjoy the Earth!!! Martha

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