NC Bush

ginnierFebruary 24, 2013

My son lives in Asheville NC and has a bush, well, actually a whole hedge that goes along his front yard. At Christmas it was loaded with tiny dark purple berries, I wonder what it is. DS said he didn't know if it blooms.... He had the same bush at his previous place. It must grow everywhere and ... easily! It seems kinda open and airy, but it didn't have too many leaves on it anymore. Probably 7' tall and wide. This ring any bells for anyone? I took a pic with my phone but I'm not sure how to post it.

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I wonder if it is a Beautyberry bush?
My daughter lives near Charlotte, just across the border in South Carolina. They are grown everywhere there. You might Google Beautyberry bush and see.


    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 2:25AM
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plays_in_dirt_dirt(Z7A VA bordering NC state line)

You might also Google privet. I have a privet bush and it still has small dark purple berries on it but has dropped most of its leaves. My beauty berry bush also has purple berries but they are brighter and more medium than dark purple. By Christmas time, the beauty berry bush berries are brown and shriveled, and most of them have dropped from the bush.

I'm in zone 7, central Virginia, near the NC line and both privet and beauty berry are natives here.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 4:48PM
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Yup, it could be privet. Both are pretty.
Privet is pretty widespread across America though, so I thought maybe the Beautyberry was what she was seeing. They are planted all along the main streets there and in many people's yards - some as hedges, some as tall bushes and some clipped shorter. I have one that has dark purple berries and one with white berries. But you are right - they do drop off in by winter.

My native Beautyberry, however, does not drop off or shrivel in winter. They are a vibrant cerise colour in winter, even in snow, and then shrivel up in spring and drop. The Native Americans called them "Snowberries".

Anyway, these are two good guesses.

This post was edited by sweetannie4u on Tue, Feb 26, 13 at 17:16

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 4:59PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

Could also be xylosma congestum. Mine has loads of dark purple berries this year. I have had it 5 years and it has never had as many berries.

Here is a link that might be useful: xylosma

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 3:11PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

I notice the linked one has different colored berries. But the leaves look the same I grow mine as a tree.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 3:13PM
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Thanks for all your help. I bet it is a privet, BUT the berries are not round, they are flat like a...lentil. And they are only maybe 1/8" of slightly larger. I tried to load a pic from my phone and it was too large and turned out very fuzzy, very purple, but too blurry.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 9:48PM
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