Purple beautyberry

Callicarpa dichotoma

Photo/Illustration: 
Melissa Buntin
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Purple beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma)
kal-lee-KAR-pah dy-KOT-oh-mah
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.

Overview

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 Song Birds,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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