|Flowers in late June |
Through most of the growing season, this is just a green shrub; it leafs out earlier than some other callicarpas, and is useful enough where a mound of green is required. Since its flowers, although charming, are not showy from a distance, we have to wait till autumn to appreciate the true splendor of the beautyberry - the abundant clusters of bright purple berries. This is the most vigorous of several callicarpas we've grown – ours is planted next the the front door step, and needs regular pruning through the growing season to keep its branches under control. But the reward is worth it: when the weather turns a bit colder, and we venture into the wider garden less frequently, we can still appreciate the berry bounty every time we walk in the door!
||white/pink (early summer)
||germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
|View of the green immature berries, as observed in late 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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|Candy Greene||Sep 05, 2009||Can the beautyberry be planted in the fall in zone 5?|
Zone 5 is the bottom end of the hardiness range according to two reputable online sources. This species is certainly hardier than its American cousin, Callicarpa americana.
|Sue MacLellan||Oct 14, 2009||I just saw this shrub for the first time this week. It was growing well and had a gorgeous display of bright purple berries. I had to pull over and look at it. I also grabbed a small piece to take home to show my family. It was doing well in a west facing corner in Roslindale Massachusetts (Boston). Knowing the neighborhood, I suspect this plant is in full sun for at least 4 hours daily. I have read that you can root this plant so I intend to try. I will keep you informed of the progress. I certainly want to purchase one for the spring planting season.|
|Rose Anderson||Oct 14, 2012||I purchased this plant in Mendocino which is near the coast in California.
I live South of Sacramento, CA which is zone 9. Will my plant survive the
winter. It gets down to 25 degrees.
The winter cold is no problem at all – this plant survives consistently in our zone-6 garden, with temperatures down to 0 degrees many years. I don't know how well it will handle the other aspects of your climate (hot dry summers).
- Seed from '06/'07 HPS/MAG exchange. Crushed dry berries to collect tan disc-shaped seeds. Baggy 70F (40%G, 18-40d). Replaced filter, which had turned brown, after 9d
- Seed from '09 garden, berries not quite dry. Baggy with whole berries in filter, 70F (26d); cleaned pulp off, new filter (several G, 5-15d)
Easiest is to dry berries to where they can be easily crushed to separate the seeds.
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