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Callicarpa

Beautyberry
Verbenaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

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.

Callicarpa bodinieri giraldii ‘Profusion’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Callicarpa bodinieri giraldii ‘Profusion’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Callicarpa bodinieri

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.

Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Issai’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Issai’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Callicarpa dichotoma

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.

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