Purple Pearls

By Susan Littlefield

For a distinctive note of color in your fall garden, add this new beautyberry hybrid to your landscape. A cross between Callicarpa dichotema and Callicarpa kwantungensis, Purple Pearls™ beautyberry from Spring Meadow Nursery is a deciduous shrub with purple-tinged foliage that bears pink flowers in clusters up and down its stems in summer. But it's in autumn that beautyberry really comes into its glory. The purple hue of the leaves deepens and flowers give way to clusters of large, purple-violet berries covering the branches. After the leaves turn yellow and fall, these berries hang on, providing a color note that blends beautifully with other fall hues. Purple Pearls™ grows a mere 4 to 5 feet tall and wide with an upright habit, making it easy to fit in many landscape settings. It does best in full sun and well-drained soil. Hardy in zones 6-8, it should be pruned in early spring before new growth begins. As an added bonus, it's reputed to be deer-resistant.

To find out more about Purple Pearls™, a Proven Winners® selection, go to: Spring Meadow Nursery.

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