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

With colour changing leaves and pink fruit, it's called Beautyberry, because Splendiferousberry is too hard to spell.

A deciduous shrub, Callicarpa bodinieri var giraldii offers gardens a source of great colour, even after its foliage has departed in autumn and early winter. Aptly known as the Beautyberry, it produces leaves in spring that are dark green but tinged with bronze, that turn a dark green shade in summer and a stunning dark pink in early autumn. These exciting colours are matched by its fruit in autumn, when dense clusters of tiny purple or pink berries emerge. Without doubt a major eye-catcher, it loves fertile, well-drained soil and while hardy, appreciates shelter from winter winds. It is an excellent choice for cottage gardens, beds and borders.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 3 - 5
Spread [m]
  • 2.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H8-3
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 7 - 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
  • Tough survivors
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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