BEAUTYBERRY

FAMILY: Lamiaceae | GENUS: CALLICARPA

TYPE
  • Shrubs
  • Deciduous
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

Graceful, arching shrubs grown for showy fruit. Small lilac or pink flowers in summer are followed by tight clusters of little, round violet-to-purple fruits that last into winter. Effective in woodland gardens or massed in borders. Bloom and fruit occur on current season's growth, so prune in late winter: Remove a third of oldest stems, or lop whole plant low to ground. Plants may freeze to ground in Upper South, but they come back from roots.

american beautyberry, french mulberry

callicarpa americana

  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11.
  • Native to eastern U.S. To 6 feet tall, 5 feet wide.
  • Large, coarse leaves to 6 inches long.
  • Big clusters of magenta fruits.
  • Bok Tower has white fruits; those of 'Welch's Pink' are bright pink.

bodinier beautyberry

callicarpa bodinieri

  • Native to China.
  • Grows to 6 feet or more and nearly as wide, with willowlike leaves that turn pink or orange to purple in fall.
  • Profusion is a heavy bearer.

purple beautyberry

callicarpa dichotoma

  • Native to China, Korea, Japan.
  • The best, most refined-looking species for the home garden.
  • About 4 feet tall and slightly wider, with slender branches that sweep the ground.
  • Resembles a smaller, finer-textured Callicarpa bodinieri.
  • Issai bears abundant purple fruits; 'Early Amethyst' ripens its bright purple berries earlier than the species and other selections.
  • Callicarpa d.
  • albifructa has white fruit.

japanese beautyberry

callicarpa japonica

  • Native to China, Taiwan, Japan.
  • To 5 feet tall and wide, with deep reddish purple fall foliage.
  • Becomes open and unkempt without yearly pruning.
  • Leucocarpa bears white fruits.

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