Plant of the Week: Beautyberry

Callicarpa, more commonly known as the Beautyberry, is a show stopping shrub. In spring and summer, it shows off with graceful, arching branches full of dark green leaves. Once fall arrives, Beautyberry wows with stunning purple berries and chartreuse foliage. Those berries will remain even after the leaves have fallen, giving you weeks of beautiful color.

Averaging 3-5 feet tall and wide, Beautyberry works well as specimen plant or in mass plantings for more impact.

Full sun preferred. They can tolerate part sun, but may not produce as many berries.

Highly adaptable to most soil conditions, but slightly acidic, well-draining soil is preferred.

Pruning is rarely needed. However, should you wish to prune, it is best to do so in late winter or early spring while Beautyberry is still dormant

Fertilize in spring and fall with an acidic fertilizer like HollyTone.