These graceful shrubs with arching branches are cultivated for their pleasing fruit display. Small lilac or pink flowers in summer are followed by tight clusters of little, round, violet to purple fruits that persist well into winter. Effective in woodland gardens or massed in shrub borders. Bloom and fruit occur on the current season’s growth, so in late winter remove about a third of the oldest stems or lop the whole plant low to the ground. In coldest regions, may freeze to the ground but comes back from roots.
Native to China. Grows to 6 ft. or more and nearly as wide, with willowlike leaves that turn pink or orange to purple in fall. C. b. giraldii ‘Profusion’ is a heavy bearer.
Native to China, Korea, Japan. About 4 ft. tall and slightly wider, with slender branches that sweep the ground. Resembles a smaller, finer-textured Callicarpa bodinieri, and is the most well-mannered of the Callicarpas.
All of these odd-looking plants have decorative stems, but those of P. macrocarpus are bare m...
Slow growing to 8–10 ft. high and wide, but usually seen as a 2–4-ft. container plant. Sli...
From the deserts of Southern California and northern Mexico. Grows to 1–4 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft....