Callicarpa bodinieri Giraldii 'Profusion'-x
Callicarpa bodinieri Giraldii 'Profusion'
In autumn there are few berries as eye-catching as those from Callicarpa, which gives away its common name of 'beauty berry'.
In mid-summer it has masses of tiny star shaped lilac flowers. When pollinated, these start to form the berries. These violet berries look almost metallic in the sun and are produced in clusters as the plant starts to lose its leaves, once all the leaves have fallen the berries become very visible.
Callicarpa is a hardy bushy deciduous shrub suitable for borders where it can grow to 3m (10ft), it can be trimmed after losing its berries to maintain a smaller size or to neaten it up.
It is best grown in a fertile well drained position in full sun. It is normally easy to grow and is rarely troubled by pests or diseases. It does not require pruning although it can be pruned to neaten up as required.