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

Like groups of shiny, purple jewels displayed neatly on arching branches, the berries of callicarpa dichotoma or purple beautyberry are a delightful sight in a garden, especially as they persist for a while after the foliage has fallen off. The leaves of this shrub are green, ovate and toothed, becoming yellowish in autumn. Purple beautyberry likes fertile soil with good drainage and accommodates sunny to partially shaded spots. This shrub is a showstopper in a wildlife garden where it will attract birds. It also looks fantastic in a border and is a superb ornamental under-planting option for the likes of woodland gardens.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1.2
Spread [m]
  • 1.2
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Dense
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H8-7
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 60 - 120
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
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