image Callicarpa dichotoma

Callicarpa dichotoma | Beautyberry

STRENGTHS
Striking profusion of shiny purple berries that appear after June bloom. Rich color develops in September. Good companion with yellow aster or daisy. Tolerant of variety of soil conditions and locations. Limbed up, makes nice weeping arches.

CARE
Need to prune back in Feb, March or April, selectively to avert branch competition. Pick one of two equal sizes to remove.

NOTES
No serious diseases or insects. Low maintenance. Plant in protected sites. Flowers bloom on old wood.

image Callicarpa dichotoma folliage
RELATED VARIETIES | CULTIVARS | EXTRA INFO
var albifructus is an attractive white form
Callicarpa americana related species, berries redder

ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 5 – 8 | full sun to moderate shade
GROWTH RATE ….. fast
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 4’ to 6’/ 8’ to 12’
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. Loose, rounded, multiple branching
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 1” to 3” obvate, serrated except at base and apex
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, opposite
LEAF COLOR …..
Summer | medium blue-green
Fall | faintly lavendar or yellow

image Callicarpa dichotoma weeping

FEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
FLOWERS | Flowers delicate white and pink, pretty but not showy
BERRIES | beautiful bright purple

NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL prefers moist, high organic matter
Native to japan

NC State / Callicarpa dichotoma
Dave’s Garden / Callicarpa dichotoma
MO Botanic Garden / Callicarpa dichotoma