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Purple Beautyberry

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Callicarpa dichotoma

Overview

Uses: Small, woody deciduous shrub. Great for outdoor planting and patio pots. 

Benefits: Attracts pollinators and butterflies. Produces whitish pink flowers which are followed by attractive, ornamental, vibrant purplish berries. Deer resistant. 

Zones: 5 - 8

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Sun

Life Cycle: Perennial 

Mature Height: 4'

Mature Width: 4'

Bloom Season: Late spring into early summer w/ berries in the late summer and fall. 

Summary

Callicarpa dichotoma—commonly known as Purple Beautyberry—is a compact, rounded, flowering perennial shrub that's best known for its eye-catching, vibrant, beautiful purple berries.  

The berries often remain on this shrub throughout late fall and into early winter, even after it has dropped its fall leaves. 

Planting multiple beautyberry plants in the same general area will help to increase the production of berries. 

Beautyberry berries are an excellent source of food for many birds and small animals. They're also considered edible for people, although their taste is somewhat bitter and unappealing. Various cooking techniques are known to enhance their flavor, and they're often used in the production of jams and jellies. 

Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. 

Care

Purple Beautyberry Care

Callicarpa dichotoma may be grown areas of partial shade, although full sun is better (especially in colder zones). The minimum recommended daily sun exposure is 6 hours. Too little sun will cause its branches to stretch. 

Fertilizations will accelerate growth and keep your plant well fed. We suggest using our slow release fertilizer, or something similiar.

Water regularly after planting until established, or in periods of drought. Its ideal soil is moist, rich, and well draining. 

Purple Beautyberry bushes may be trimmed back in winter or early spring. Doing so will keep your plant looking its best and encourage new growth. 

Size

Size of Purple Beautyberry Plants for Sale

We ship our Callicarpa dichotoma in a 6" grow pot. The plant will be appropriately sized for its pot. 

Size of Purple Beautyberry Plants When Fully Grown

Callicarpa dichotoma typically grows to a height of 3'-4' and a width of around 3'-4'. 

Additional Information

Common Names of Callicarpa dichotoma

  • Purple Beautyberry 

  • Japanese Beautyberry

  • Early Amethyst 

  • Beautyberry Bush

Toxicity and Risks of Purple Beautyberry

We could not find any information that would lead us to believe that Callicarpa dichotoma is toxic to either people or pets.