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Callicarpa japonica

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Description

Drought tolerant; berries attract birds; cut back severely each year for best berry production (flowers on new growth); avoid excessive fertilizer. Bushy, rounded shrub with long, slender, arching stems. This plant is seldom damaged by deer.

Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement

Seed: Drupe

Cultivars:
Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolernat#shrub#playground#deer resistant#children's garden
Cultivars:
Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolernat#shrub#playground#deer resistant#children's garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Callicarpa
    Species:
    japonica
    Wildlife Value:
    Berries attract birds and plant is seldom damaged by deer.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Enhancement
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought and deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 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
    Rounded
    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
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    1-1.5 in. loose, open clusters of shiny, violet to metallic purple berries in fall. Best fruit production in full sun and moist soil
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    1-1.5 in. cluster of non-showy pink or white flowers in midsummer on new growth
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite, simple, medium blue-green leaves; 1-5 in. long; pale yellow-green to pinkish lavender fall color
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Attracts:
    Songbirds