Callicarpa americana (American beauty berry)
Common Names: Beautyberry or French mulberry
The Beauty Berry grows in the wild, especially along the roadsides. It is easily recognizable by the fruit that it produces in the fall. The berries (fruit) are eaten by birds and the leaves are eaten by deer.
The berries are edible by humans but their taste is supposed to be astgent. However, they apparently make very tasty jam and jelly.
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The American Indians used both the leaves and the berries for medicinal purposes. Some studies suggest that the fluids from broken leaves act as an insect repellent.
You can find more info about the Beauty Berry bush at the Wildflower.org site.
Here are a few more photos of the Beauty Berry plant. Click on an image to enlarge it.