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Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii

Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii
Bodinier's beautyberry
Cute buds. Don't know what the deal is with the white deposit
Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii

Common name Bodinier's beautyberry
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z6-8)
Flowers small pink (summer)
Size 10'
Light sun-dappled shade
Cultural notes fertile well-drained soil, not too dry in summer
From seed Provide a few weeks cold conditioning, then germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate November

Grown primarily for the clusters of small purple bead-like fruit. Fruiting is best when several plants are clustered together. I started ours from seed years ago; it tested my patience, but flowers and fruits started appearing after a few years. By then I had already taken note of the fall coloration, which features shades of yellow and purple, and is better some years than others. The berries are larger than those of the Japanese beautyberry, so in a good year they make even more of a statement.

Bodinier's beautyberry
Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii
early July

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '02/'03 HPS/MAG exchange. Pot outside late Feb, some germination by early May
  2. Seed from '06 garden. Soaked several berries overnight, removed pulp. Seeds to baggy 35F (4w) - 70F (80%G, 6-17d)

Noticed that seed husks have a tendency to stay on developing seedlings, sometimes preventing further development. ]

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