It might be August, but there’s still some pretty additions that you can make to your garden. Callicarpa, or Beautyberry Bush, is one of the best landscaping plants that most gardeners do not even know about. It’s just beginning to bloom and soon it will brighten your yard with it’s amazing purple pearls. Here is a picture of the plant when it’s dazzling it’s pearls, and below is some cool information about it!
Purple Pearls® Beautyberry Callicarpa
A unique bush that lives up to its name – and then some! Dark purple-black foliage all season long, then late summer brings clusters of pink flowers and the amazing purple berries that make callicarpa such a desirable garden plant. Purple Pearls also offers a distinctive upright habit, which saves space in the landscape compared to the wide horizontal habit of other beautyberry. It makes an outstanding addition to fall floral arrangements and indoor decorations, too.
Produces Berries, Foliage Interest, Fall Interest, Resists Deer
Maintenance Category: Easy
Bloom Time: Early Fall, Mid Fall, Late Fall
Hardiness Zones: 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Water Category: Average
Uses: Cut Flower, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point
Plant in full sun for best color and highest quantity of flowers and berries.
The outstanding characteristic of beautyberry shrubs is no doubt their berries, as their name suggest. The fruiting display is so unusual (because of the color) and so spectacular. The striking color of its berry clusters makes it one of the most fun plants to grow in the yard
. Indeed, purple beautyberry is one of the best landscaping plants that most gardeners do not know about
. Not only are the berries a beautiful light purple color, but they also persist into winter, affording winter interest to human eyes starved for color in snowy regions. The purple berries remain attractive into early winter but may show signs of shriveling and discoloration by mid-winter. By late winter the berries may attract hungry wild birds (see below).
Care Tips (Pruning)
Since beautyberry shrubs bloom on new wood
, they are generally pruned (for shaping, if desired) in late winter or early spring.