Callicarpa

Callicarpa is indigenous in China and Japan. It is not cultivated so much for its flowers, but mainly for the striking berries and beautifully coloured foliage in autumn. This is a deciduous shrub with short-stemmed, oval, pointed leaves with a serrated margin, which turn yellow or golden-red in autumn, and insignificant, pink flowers followed by deep violet berries. C. bodinieri var. giraldii is 2-2.5 m tall, with pointed, oval leaves, 5-12 cm long, purple flowers and large clusters of purple berries up to 0.5 cm across; “Profusion” has numerous pale purple berries.

This shrub grows slowly. To encourage fertilization, plant several specimens together in a slightly shady spot where they come into their own in autumn and winter. They require well-drained, fairly fertile soil with some lime. Cover the foot of the shrub in winter for the first few years; prune back frozen branches. Propagate by layering (summer) and from winter cuttings.

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