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Leah Sattler
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I got my hands on some beauty berry berries! what is the best way to make sure they can get a start on my property? how fast do they grow? should I plant them now or wait till spring?
 
Gwen Lynn
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Here's a couple pix. What a wonderful purple color. Really stands out in the landscape!
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Jennifer Smith
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Looking up beauty berry now...

http://www.briartech.com/fall/beaut/berry.htm
or

http://www.npsot.org/TrinityForks/TrinityForksWeb/NICE/Fall%202006.html
we call this buck brush and it grows wild all over
 
Leah Sattler
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striking picture gwen! I am fascinated with these things. i had never seen them before. 
I hope I can get some started. I think I will make it a point to put them out now so they get a bit of cold. I suppose if they are native then I should just let nature takes its course and deposit them as if they had dropped from the branch and been lightly covered with fall leaves. I hope they don't have to got through a birds digestive tract first.
 
Gwen Lynn
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Hahaha! Well, you could always try running it thru your own digestive system!  Ok, that was gross, & I'll admit it!


http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=caam2

If ya can, I'd go back up there and get more, just in case. If you are successful at propagating them, I 'd take an extra if you had it! Heck, I'd even try starting some seeds myself. That is really a beauty...berry! 
 
Brenda Groth
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if your weather permits go ahead and plant them now and then protect them from the critters and cold to give them a good start..
 
Gwen Lynn
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I would try planting some & saving some. Just in case!
 
Jennifer Smith
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I just bought a bundle of trees from the conservation dept including 5 seedlings each of the following for a total of 30 seedlings: American beautyberry, flowering dogwood, paw paw, red osier dogwood, golden currant, and arrowwood.

What is the beautyberry good for?  I plan to use it to start screening out the neighbors place that appears in many of my photos.  I bought that bundle for the 5 paw paw trees.
 
Gwen Lynn
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Copy and pasted this from the link posted earlier in this thread:

Beautyberry benefits:
Use Ornamental: Of considerable value for edge landscapes and surface mine reclamation. Good understory shrub. Easily propagated and requires little maintenance.
Use Wildlife: Valuable as a wildlife food plant.
Use Medicinal: Native American used root and leaf tea in sweat baths for rheumatism, fevers, and malaria. Root tea used for dysentery, stomach aches. Root and berry tea used for colic.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Foliage: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: None
 
Jennifer Smith
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Anyonehave any first hand experiance with this shrub?
 
                          
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Make's a nice snack while doing some work around them , a little bland tasting.
Go visit http://www.eattheweeds.com/
he has a description of the american beautyberry
 
Jennifer Smith
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Thank you tiroler.  I passed on them this year and so far I have concentrated on grapes, cherrys, and peaches.
My brother also sent some things that can not live here (too cold here) like avacodos or Fuyu persimmons (such a treat!) that I want to keep...
 
                          
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Oh i forgot to mention that rubbing a few leaves toghether and them apply to arms and legs , it keeps mosquitos away til it wears of ,and the smell aint unpleasand either . I managed to move 2 plants from my old place in TX in 10-09 , lost one to the cold we had here in NE  OK.
Edible they are  but kinda tasteless ,better for jelly according to
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igKeqZjxPYQ
 
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