Beautyberry

Callicarpa bodinieri | Also known as: Beauty berry | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Callicarpa bodinieri or bodinier beautyberry is well named indeed, with clusters of very pretty purple berries that appear in autumn. However, the attractive display doesn’t stop with the berries, dainty clusters of light purple flowers bloom in summer and during autumn the green foliage turns a warm red. This shrub is easy to grow, having a fondness for fertile soils that have good drainage and a sunny or partially shaded spot in which to charm onlookers. If you need to liven up a border, bodinier beautyberry is just the shrub for the job and looks lovely in a bed or as a standalone feature.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 2
Spread [m]
  • 2
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Upright
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H8-3
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 7 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Ornamental berries
Creative category
  • For Beginners
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
Garden spaces
  • Cut flowers
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years