American Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana.
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Winter persistent berries are important wildlife forage for the end of the winter season, they provide a natural MRE for early migrating birds, or other wildlife having a hard time finding anything else to eat in the cold of winter. Other native winter persistent berries include: Native holly species, Parsley Hawthorn, Crataegus marshallii, Beauty berry, Callicarpa Americana, and Red Chokeberry, Aronia arborea.
Parsley Hawthorn, Crataegus marshallii, smothered in deep red berries which will last through the winter. Note the Mockingbird nest in the midst of the thorny branches.
Red Chokeberry, Aronia arbutifolia, greets fall with fire engine red leaves. The clusters of brilliant scarlet berries last through winter until early spring.