Index of Species Information

SPECIES:  Callicarpa americana


SPECIES: Callicarpa americana
Robert H. Mohlenbrock [28] AUTHORSHIP AND CITATION : Coladonato, Milo. 1992. Callicarpa americana. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: [].

ABBREVIATION : CALAME SYNONYMS : NO-ENTRY SCS PLANT CODE : CAAM2 COMMON NAMES : American beautyberry Spanish-mulberry French-mulberry Bermuda-mulberry sour-berry sow-berry TAXONOMY : The currently accepted scientific name for American beautyberry is Callicarpa americana L. [9]. There are two recognized varieties: var. americana and var. lactea F.J. Mull. [12]. LIFE FORM : Shrub FEDERAL LEGAL STATUS : No special status OTHER STATUS : NO-ENTRY


SPECIES: Callicarpa americana
GENERAL DISTRIBUTION : American beautyberry is widely distributed throughout the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains, from Virginia to Florida and west to Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. It also occurs in the West Indies [9,30]. It is cultivated in Hawaii [37]. ECOSYSTEMS : FRES12 Longleaf - slash pine FRES13 Loblolly - shortleaf pine FRES14 Oak - pine FRES15 Oak - hickory FRES16 Oak - gum - cypress STATES : AL FL GA HI LA MS NC SC TX VA BLM PHYSIOGRAPHIC REGIONS : NO-ENTRY KUCHLER PLANT ASSOCIATIONS : K090 Live oak - sea oats K091 Cypress savanna K100 Oak - hickory forest K111 Oak - hickory - pine forest K112 Southern mixed forest K113 Southern floodplain forest K114 Pocosin SAF COVER TYPES : 70 Longleaf pine 75 Shortleaf pine 76 Shortleaf pine -oak 78 Virginia pine - oak 79 Virginia pine 80 Loblolly pine - shortleaf pine 81 Loblolly pine 82 Loblolly pine - hardwood 83 Longleaf pine - slash pine 85 Slash pine - hardwood 87 Sweetgum - yellow poplar 91 Swamp chestnut oak - cherrybark oak 98 Pond pine 100 Pond cypress 101 Baldcypress 102 Baldcypress - tupelo 103 Water tupelo - swamp tupelo 104 Sweetbay - swamp tupelo - redbay SRM (RANGELAND) COVER TYPES : NO-ENTRY HABITAT TYPES AND PLANT COMMUNITIES : Common overstory associates of American beautyberry include sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), sweetbay (Persea borbonia), flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica var. biflora), hickory (Carya spp.), and oak (Quercus spp.). Understory associates include sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia), southern bayberry (Myrica cerifera), hurrahbush (Lyonia lucida), greenbrier (Smilax spp.), and fetterbush (Leucothoe racemosa) [18,24,33,34].


SPECIES: Callicarpa americana
IMPORTANCE TO LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE : The seeds of American beautyberry are an important food source for birds and small mammals. At least 10 species of birds feed on the fruit, especially northern bobwhite. The fruit is also eaten by raccoon, opossum, and gray fox [30]. American beautyberry is considered one of the most desirable spring and summer browse of white-tailed deer [1,10]. Cattle occasionally browse on the leaves of American beautyberry [17]. PALATABILITY : American beautyberry is highly palatable to white-tailed deer [26]. NUTRITIONAL VALUE : Seasonal percent nutrient values for American beautyberry is as follows [26]: April September November protein leaves twigs leaves twigs leaves twigs 21.21 15.36 9.68 4.52 - 4.29 calcium leaves twigs leaves twigs leaves twigs 0.534 0.598 1.287 0.703 - 0.582 phosphorus leaves twigs leaves twigs leaves twigs 0.24 0.26 0.09 0.05 - 0.07 COVER VALUE : American beautyberry provides environmental protection for a variety of birds and small mammals along the coastal plains of the southeastern United States [5,22]. VALUE FOR REHABILITATION OF DISTURBED SITES : NO-ENTRY OTHER USES AND VALUES : NO-ENTRY OTHER MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : American beautyberry is one of the most prevalent woody competitors of pines in southeastern United States [2]. A combination of tebuthiuron application and burning is an effective management practice for controlling American beautyberry [21].


SPECIES: Callicarpa americana
GENERAL BOTANICAL CHARACTERISTICS : American beautyberry is a large deciduous, bushy shrub. It is prostrate to erect and reaches heights of 3 to 12 feet (1.0-3.5 m). The slender stems are arched and the large leaves are opposite, with the smaller leaves at the end of the twigs. The short tubular flowers are borne along the twigs at the base of the leaf axils. The fruit is a berrylike drupe containing four small nutlets [6,19,29]. RAUNKIAER LIFE FORM : Phanerophyte REGENERATION PROCESSES : American beautyberry is a prolific seed producer, and the literature suggests that regeneration from seed is its primary mode of reproduction [22,23]. The seed is dispersed by birds [25,29]. It also regenerates vegetatively by sprouting, although details have not been described. SITE CHARACTERISTICS : American beautyberry grows on a variety of sites in the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains of the southeastern United States. It is mostly restricted to climates with mild winters and long, hot, humid summers. It grows best in clay or loamy soil but will also grow on sandy sites [6,27,29,32]. SUCCESSIONAL STATUS : American beautyberry is a moderately shade intolerant, early- to mid-seral species [3,38]. In the longleaf pine/bluestem (Pinus palustris/Andropogon spp.) range in the Big Thicket region of eastern Texas, American beautyberry was an early invader of openings created by disturbance [31]. It was the only understory shrub present 19 years after timber harvest in a southern Arkansas pine-oak forest (density=546 plants/ha). Its density declined with succession, lowering to 28 plants/ha at postharvest year 75 [38]. SEASONAL DEVELOPMENT : American beautyberry flowers between June and July; the fruit ripens from August to November [30].


SPECIES: Callicarpa americana
FIRE ECOLOGY OR ADAPTATIONS : American beautyberry probably survives fire by sprouting from the root collar. However, its primary mode of regeneration after fire is through a seedbank [4,15]. FIRE REGIMES : Find fire regime information for the plant communities in which this species may occur by entering the species name in the FEIS home page under "Find Fire Regimes". POSTFIRE REGENERATION STRATEGY : Tall shrub, adventitious-bud root crown Ground residual colonizer (on-site, initial community) Initial-offsite colonizer (off-site, initial community)


SPECIES: Callicarpa americana
IMMEDIATE FIRE EFFECT ON PLANT : Severe fires can kill American beautyberry by completely removing soil organic layers and charring the roots [11]. Low-severity fires only top-kill plants. DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF FIRE EFFECT : NO-ENTRY PLANT RESPONSE TO FIRE : American beautyberry increases the first growing season following fire [14]. However, density will decline as the faster growing trees and shrubs overtop it [15]. DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF PLANT RESPONSE : NO-ENTRY FIRE MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : Twelve years of annual burning eliminated American beautyberry on a Louisiana longleaf pine site [11].


SPECIES: Callicarpa americana
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