Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion'Item #1399 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
A superb shrub valued for its abundant clusters of long-lasting, violet-colored berries that cover the branches in fall. New growth has a bronze tinge. Small, purple-pink flowers appear in summer between the large green leaves. Prune in late winter to early spring to encourage new growth. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kal-ee-KAR-puh boh-din-ee-ER-eePlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:Purplish-pinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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)
- CareCare InformationGrows 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.