Monday, November 22, 2010

Aronia arbutifolia and Callicarpa dichotoma

Maybe I've been ignoring fruits because foliage has been so beautiful.

While both of these plants are attractive, the Aronia is native here in the mid-Atlantic and is an important food source for many different birds and mammals while the Beautyberry, though closely related to our southern species, often goes through the winter with it's fruit uneaten. And this despite a quite close resemblance to Callicarpa americana. So I suppose that means that if you're choosing one or the other and integration into the food chain is important, you'd go with the Aronia. Hey, it has better leaf color anyway!

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