We’ve been watching these little bushes in the understory of our wooded areas. I call them “scribble scrabble” brush, because they look twiggy and overgrown. Nothing really to get excited about during the spring and summer. But when they started popping out bright magenta berries in the fall, we hoped they might be Beautyberries.
Any eagle-eyed natives plant experts out there who can help us verify?
As we clear out some of the invasives (we’re looking at you “bush honeysuckle”), we’ve noticed the Beautyberries are putting out larger berries. This has to be a good thing.
We try to mark the brush and trees we think are keepers, so we don’t inadvertently remove something we can’t ID during its non-performing months. Of course, this time of year, it’s easy to find the Beautyberries. The fruits are not purple like the Beautyberry plants we see at the local nurseries, but we think that’s okay.
Most of the berries have been teensy, little dry, sad, shriveled looking things — easy to miss. This is the first year they seem to be bigger and brighter.
So our question is this: They’re Beautyberries, right? And these are keepers?
Oh, and is it Beautyberry (one word), or Beauty berry (two words)?
And, okay, just one more question — Do we need to be better hosts? Do they need anything from us, like pruning? Or, should we just let ’em go?
Next time — Bush honeysuckle, you suck.