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Callicarpa dichotoma (Purple beautyberry)

Callicarpa dichotoma Photo/Illustration: Melissa Buntin


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Callicarpa dichotoma kal-lee-KAR-pah dy-KOT-oh-mah Common Name: Purple beautyberry Genus: Callicarpa
Grown for its rows of lilac-violet, round, glossy, tiny fruit, purple beautyberry is a small, deciduous shrub native to China, Korea, and Japan. Its long, arching branches often touch the ground, giving it an elegant shape. The small pink flowers in summer are followed by the small fruits that ripen in September and last through October. It has good yellow fall color as well.
Noteworthy characteristics: Scores of berries in an unusual purple color. Attracts birds.
Care: Needs fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or dappled shade. Prune annually, as buds begin to swell in early spring, to a low permanent framework. Plant in groups to assure good fruit set.
Propagation: Root softwood cuttings in spring, or semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer. Sow seed in a cold frame in spring or fall.
Problems: Cottony camellia scale, die back, leaf scorch, black mildew, and fungal leaf spots occur.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Showy Fruit
Bloom Time Summer
Flower Color Pink Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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