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Callicarpa dichotoma

Common Name(s):
Purple beautyberry
Cultivar(s):
'Early Amethyst', 'Issai', 'Albifructus' - white berries
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Best of the Callicarpa spp.; drought tolerant; berries attract birds; cut back severely each year for best berry production (flowers on new growth); avoid excessive fertilizer; arching branches; C. dichotoma 'Albifructus' has white berries.

Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement 

Wildlife Value:  This plant is seldom damaged by deer.

Seed: Drupe

Compare this plant to:  Callicarpa americanaC. dichotoma x kwangtungensis

Height:
3-4 ft.
Foliage:
Opposite, simple, bright medium green leaves borne on one plane; 1-3 in. long; light pubescence below
Flower:
0.7-inch, pinkish lavender berries borne above the leaves, late summer to fall
Zones:
5 to 8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; dry to moist soil; best fruit production in full sun and moist soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Long, slender, arching branches; more dense than other beautyberries
Width:
4-5 ft.
Tags:
tsc, deciduous, play, playground, children’s garden, deer resistant

NCCES plant id: 1444

Callicarpa dichotoma C. dichotoma 'Early Amethyst' berries
Derek Ramsey, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Callicarpa dichotoma Flowers
Dalgial, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Callicarpa dichotoma C. dichotoma ''Issai' form
Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Callicarpa dichotoma C. dichotoma 'Albifructus' white berries
Cillas, CC-BY-SA-3.0