• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Vibrant Ornamental Berries
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kal-ee-KAR-puh boh-din-ee-ER-ee
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Purplish-pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasA beautiful addition to Audubon gardens as a late season food source for many species of birds. Plant as a backdrop, in mass, or spotted throughout the landscape for fall interest. Can be used as a standout specimen plant in a garden focal point as the plant matures into a vase shape form. This Asian native also adds interest and color to a Far East landscape design.
    Companion PlantsSnowberry (Symphoricarpos); Eastern Cranberry (Viburnum); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Dogwood (Cornus); Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in average, well-drained soils. Best flowering and fruiting in full sun. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Blooms on new wood; prune in winter to shape and encourage new growth.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This genus of the verbena family contains about 40 species native to Asia, South America and Australia. This species was named for French missionary, Emile Bodinier, who described plants in China during his residence from 1842 to 1901. It was first received in America by Alfred Rehder of the Arnold Arboretum. Callicarpa is derived from the Greek words for beauty and fruit.


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