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Favorite Late Summer Shrub: Purple Beautyberry (Callicarpa Dichotoma)

Favorite Late Summer Shrub: Purple Beautyberry (Callicarpa Dichotoma)

Here’s an awesome late-summer showstopper: the Callicarpa dichotoma, commonly called the purple beautyberry. It gets its name from the clusters of purple berries that develop at the end of August and throughout September. This shrub has its most spectacular showing just when lots of other plants are looking less than spectacular.

Purple beautyberry can grow up to 4 feet wide.

Purple beautyberry can grow up to 4 feet wide.

Callicarpa dichotoma also develops fall color. In the photos, you can see the leaves starting to turn a chartreuse to yellow color.

In the early summer, this plant has light lavender/pink flowers where the berries develop, and the branching structure is elegant.

In Zone 6 it can die back fairly substantially in the winter, but it can be cut back in early spring like a perennial.

Close-up of the beautiful purple berries that give Callicarpa dichotoma its common name.

Close-up of the beautiful purple berries that give Callicarpa dichotoma its common name.

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