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Callicarpa dichotoma

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Description

Part of the Callicarpa genus in the mint family, this plant is drought tolerant and produces showy berry clusters that attract birds. It grows to 3'-6' high shrub with a slightly greater spread. The branches will arch out freely creating an elegant form in the landscape. Plant in well-drained soil, in the full sun or light shade, and avoid excess fertility and excessively wet soils. It is best to cut back severely each year for best berry production seeing as this plant flowers on new growth.  A specific variety: C. dichotoma 'Albifructus' produces white berries as opposed to the typical purple.

This plant is easy to transplant and is seldom damaged by deer.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Small shrub, leaves opposite
  • Short stalked, axillary inflorescences - cymes
  • Berries metallic purple, or white, small size
  • Short petiole - 1/8 inch long

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Albifructus'
    White berries
  • 'Early Amethyst'
  • 'Issai'
Tags:
#purple#white#arching#deciduous#birds#songbirds#full sun#drought tolerant#shrub#wildlife plant#tsc#berries#playground#well-drained soil#white berries#deer resistant#children's garden#purple berries#drupes#pollinator plant#fantz#cozy
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Albifructus'
    White berries
  • 'Early Amethyst'
  • 'Issai'
Tags:
#purple#white#arching#deciduous#birds#songbirds#full sun#drought tolerant#shrub#wildlife plant#tsc#berries#playground#well-drained soil#white berries#deer resistant#children's garden#purple berries#drupes#pollinator plant#fantz#cozy
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Callicarpa
    Species:
    dichotoma
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Native to China and Japan.
    Wildlife Value:
    Berries attract birds. This plant is seldom damaged by deer.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Pieces Used in Games
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Drought and deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Dense
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    0.7-inch, pinkish lavender berries borne above the leaves, late summer to fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    0.7-inch, pinkish lavender berries borne above the leaves, late summer to fall. Cut back severely each year for best berry production (flowers on new growth
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Orange
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Obovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite, simple, bright medium green leaves borne on one plane; 1-3 in. long; light pubescence below. opposite, simple, elliptic to obovate, 1"-3" long 1/2 as wide, acuminate, cuneate, bright medium green, glabrous above, glandular and sparingly pubescent underneath. 1/8" long petiole.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Winter Garden
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought