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Posted by dgs9r z7 Baltimore, MD (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 20, 07 at 21:09

Last Fall, at the Cylburn Arboretum, I saw the most amazing show of purple. A huge circle of Japanese Beautyberries showing off the purple berries (the foliage had gone). I have got to have two of these together in my garden.

The light requirements are confusing: some say full sun; others say partial. Anyone with experience with Callicarpa japonica?

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RE: beautyberry

I have 2 varieties in hugely hot, dry, sun.
They do beautifully.
I don't know how well they do by seed, but you can have handfulls in the fall. The birds eventually eat them, but they make gorgeous purple berries.


RE: beautyberry

They use it as a hedge at UMES in Princess Anne. It seems to be pretty tolerant and looks good

RE: beautyberry

  • Posted by dgs9r z7 Baltimore, MD (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 22, 07 at 11:33

Thanks Christine and Beth!
I'll plant in full sun. That's how it is at cylburn too.

Anyone know a good source for these? the local nurseries won't get them in till early to mid summer.

RE: beautyberry

I also plant mine in full sun. They are a hardy shrub and do quite well with benign neglect.

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