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Beautyberry: Fall’s Most Fantastic Shrub

This easy-to-grow, disease-free plant lives up to its name

Fine Gardening - Issue 190
(left): ‘Issai’ Asian beautyberry, Photo: Michelle Gervais; (right): ‘Early Amethyst’ Asian beautyberry, Photo: Jennifer Benner

At a Glance:

Callicarpa spp. and cvs.

Zones: 5–9

Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and wide (unless otherwise noted)

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; evenly moist, average soil

Native range: China, Japan, or continental United States

I love a four-season shrub as much as the next gardener. A plant that blooms gorgeously in spring, has wonderful summer foliage followed by fall color, and then displays great bark and structure through the winter is amazing. But some plants just can’t have it all. Since autumn is my favorite season, I love plants that shine from September to November. Plants that bloom in fall or have great late season color or an exceptional fruit display catch my interest because that’s a time of year when not much is happening landscape-wise. Beautyberries are truly darlings of the fall garden for their fruit display.

Callicarpa is a large genus of shrubs with more…

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