Beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst') in the Beautyberries Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
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
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Lavender-pink.
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Birds

My yard, zone 6

Posted by blue23rose (Elberfeld, Indiana, USA - Zone 6b) on Feb 19, 2018 5:47 AM

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.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 5, 2013 3:38 PM

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.

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