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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.