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Order: Caryophyllales
   Family: Phytolaccaceae
            Genus: Phytolacca
                        Specie: americana

Planting Season: Deciduous

Height at Maturity: 12 ft (3.5 m)

Cultivation: Moist, moderately fertile, well-drained soil

Features: Leaves turn purple, red or pink in autumn; racemes of tiny cream flowers; red to purple black berries

Uses: Mixed shrubbery Autumn color

Zones: 4-10

Description: Depending on the severity of the winter, this North and Central American species behaves as a large herbaceous perennial or a deciduous shrub. Where it does not die back to the ground it can grow to over 12?ft (3.5?m) tall. Its young stems are purple-red

Growth Habit: Upright habit


Growth: Vascular plant without significant woody tissue above or at the ground. Forbs and herbs may be annual, biennial, or perennial but always lack significant thickening by secondary woody growth and have perennating buds borne at or below the ground surface.

Duration: Perennial

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