Mystery Berry

Mystery Berry

We went shopping yesterday so I didn’t have time to post anything but here’s something I’ve been wondering about.

The other day I was walking in our backyard near the woods with the camera and found these interesting little pink berries. I was trying to identify what they were and thought about beauty berries or coral berries. The berries are clustered along the stem like both plants do but I’m not sure which one it might be. I’m leaning toward coral berries.

What do you think? Are they beauty berries, coral berries or some other wild plant?


Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.

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  1. I love a challenge – I would put my money on beautyberry aka Callicarpa. It’s hard to tell from the pics what the habit is like – C. americana is loose and open according to AHS… I’m glad you visited Blithewold!
    kris at blithewold

  2. They look like coralberries to me. They’re fairly common here in northern Virginia in scrubby areas and woodland edges.

  3. I agree, Dave–I’d vote for coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus). What a nice find!

  4. Kris, thanks for stopping by! The mystery plant seems to be fairly open so it could be the Callicarpa americana. It is pretty hard to tell just from a photo.

    Entangled and Nan, the coralberry is what I’m leaning towards but I may have to wait until new growth begins in the spring to get a good look at it!

    Thanks for the thoughts!

  5. Definitely callicarpa americana. They are native here. I am in the Clarksville area and love walking in the woods. I find these beautyberries everywhere!

    My friend collected the berries and planted them. She had no problem growing a nice plant which I now have growing in my garden. It is two years old and grew to 3x4this year and had berries DESPITE the awful drought. Try it out. The berries are the only outstanding thing but it is a nice cascading small shrub in my garden in part shade. Not picky about soil or location but does better in full sun.

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