American Beautyberry is a well-named shrub growing usually to around 5 feet tall, sometimes taller. Native to the southeastern United States, the most striking feature of the beautyberry shrub are the clusters of beautiful violet to magenta berries that surround the stems at the leaf nodes.
According to the USDA, the roots, leaves, and branches were used by native Americans medicinally for treatment of fevers, rheumatism, stomachaches, dysentery, and other conditions.
Source: US Wildflowers
Location: 47th Street between Tuttle & Lockwood Ridge