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

If you’re looking for something that will really stand out in your garden design and provide magnificent late colouring, callicarpa japonica or Japanese beautyberry is a glorious choice. This gorgeous ornamental shrub is exquisitely elegant, with arching branches, rich green ovate and toothed leaves that turn yellow in autumn, as well as clusters of small pink or white flowers that give way to the prime feature of this shrub – divinely delightful clusters of glossy, purple berries that can remain on the branches for a while after the leaves have fallen. Purple beautyberry likes relatively fertile and well-drained soils in partially shaded or sunny positions and will bowl garden visitors over if grown en masse within borders, on banks or as a hedging plant.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 2
Spread [m]
  • 2
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H12-3
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 7 - 210
  • 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
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