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    Japanese Beautyberry

    Callicarpa japonica

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    Japanese Beautyberry (Callicarpa japonica) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Japanese Beautyberry fruit

    Japanese Beautyberry fruit

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    Japanese Beautyberry (Callicarpa japonica) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Japanese Beautyberry

    Japanese Beautyberry

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Japanese Beautyberry (Callicarpa japonica) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Japanese Beautyberry flowers

    Japanese Beautyberry flowers

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  6 feet

    Spread:  6 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  6a

    Description:

    As its name implies, this garden shrub is grown primarily for its unusual and highly attractive shiny violet fruit, also pretty lavender-pink flowers; bushy and arching habit of growth, can be pruned back to the ground in spring as it blooms on new wood

    Ornamental Features

    Japanese Beautyberry is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent violet berries from mid to late fall. It has lavender trumpet-shaped flowers with pink overtones along the branches in mid summer, which are interesting on close inspection. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour.

    Landscape Attributes

    Japanese Beautyberry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

    This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Japanese Beautyberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use

    Planting & Growing

    Japanese Beautyberry will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

    This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

     
     
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    Characteristics
    Massing  Garden 
    Applications
    Flowers  Fruit 
    Ornamental Features

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