Home > Great Big Greenhouse Blog > September 2015 > GARDEN TALK with DOUG - My "PLANT OF THE MONTH" for September


This time of year it is showing off with its beautiful purple berries.
Here are some growing characteristics for Callicarpa dichotoma:
  • It is a deciduous shrub
  • It grows to be 3 to 4 feet high and wide with long arching branches
  • Flowers bloom on the new wood so, only if needed, you can prune in early spring. Don’t prune hard or you will lose the graceful, arching growing habit
  • It is hardy between zones 5 and 8
  • It blooms in early summer with light lavender-pink blooms with berries following
  • It needs to be planted in full sun but can tolerate a small amount of shade
The most stunning feature of Callicarpa is its fruit.  Pale flowers are followed by large clusters of lavender-purple berries that cling to the stem at each leaf node.  The berries begin to color in late August and September and remain on the stem after the leaves have yellowed and fallen off.  Sometimes the berries will make it through the winter but the berries attract birds, which is another positive characteristic of this plant.
If you want to see a nice specimen then you want to stop by the garden center.  We have one planted in our landscape in front of the greenhouse.
As for any problems with Beautyberry…no serious insect or disease problems exists with this plant.
Another bonus is that Callicarpa is on the deer resistant list and it is rarely damaged by deer.
Posted: 9/16/2015 by Doug Hensel | with 4 comment(s)
I would also like to see a picture of the plant of the month.
10/23/2015 8:01:59 AM

Mine does well in total shade and is over 10 years old
9/27/2015 5:36:42 PM

Kristin George
Yes Laura is right a price plus how about a picture??
9/24/2015 9:15:01 PM

why don't you list pricing with the "plant of the month"? how much is the Callicarpa dichotoma? thanks!
9/24/2015 1:22:19 PM

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