General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 3 to 4 feet (.9-1.2m)
Plant Spread: 4 to 5 feet (1.2-1.5m)
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Clusters of 1/8 inch glossy purple berries
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Purple
Other: Lavender-pink.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Common names
  • Beautyberry
  • Purple Beautyberry

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Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
Date: 2011-10-24
My yard, zone 6
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2022-12-18
Beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst') berries and s
Photo by blue23rose
Location: Maine
Location: Maine
Date: 2011-09-30
The berries are like purple iridescent pearls.
Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
Date: 2009-10-18
My yard, zone 6
Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
Date: 2011-07-29
My yard, zone 6
Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
Date: 2011-10-24
My yard, zone 6
Photo by blue23rose
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2012-08-27
definitely more than a 5 ft spread!  This pic is from 2012.  Alth
Location: Waukesha, Wi
Date: 2011-09-09
Photo by blue23rose
Photo by blue23rose
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2013-08-13
Photo by QueenDreama
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-09-05
Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
Date: 2009-10-18
My yard, zone 6
Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
Date: 2011-10-24
My yard, zone 6

Photo Courtesy of Secret Garden Growers.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Photo by blue23rose

Photo courtesy of Joy Creek Nursery
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2013-08-13
The bumblebee gives one a good idea just how tiny the blooms are
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2013-08-13
Berries are beginning to turn from green to lavender pink in mid
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2013-08-13
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2013-08-13
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2013-08-13

Date: November 2, 2011

Date: November 2, 2011
Comments:
  • Posted by blue23rose (southern Indiana - Zone 6b) on Feb 19, 2018 5:47 AM concerning plant:
    Although I love my callicarpa for its late season color, it gets much larger than the stated height of 3-4 feet and spread of 4-5 feet. Mine is at least 6 feet tall and 8-10 feet wide and has to be cut back each year. Here in southern Indiana, it begins to shine in the garden in August with tiny, light pink flowers all along the stems which the bees just love. Then the green berries turn to a vibrant magenta and last well into November.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 5, 2013 3:38 PM concerning plant:
    The berries on Callicarpa truly are the most vivid and striking neon-purple color. It is a bonus that they are so pretty, as I planted Callicarpa so that the berries would feed the backyard songbirds. These berries are very popular with the Mockingbirds here in my garden.
  • Posted by NorfolkLiz (MA - Massachusetts - Zone 5b) on Oct 8, 2020 6:49 PM concerning plant:
    My Beauty Berries did not like the drought and insects loved the leaves.
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