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14/11/2013 at 22:53

Evening all. I had a little question about the variations of the flower on this lovely berry producing plant.

I understand it can have white, pink or purple flowers. Is it one colour flower per plant? Ideally I'd like a pink or purple flowered one, as I loathe white flowers (sorry white flower lovers!).

Thanks!

15/11/2013 at 00:30

Hi RubyLeaf

The callicarpa you want to ask for at your garden centre is

http://www.finegardening.com/CMS/uploadedImages/Images/Gardening/Plants/callicarpadichotoma_mb_2_sq.jpg

Callicarpa dichotoma
(Purple beautyberry)

This is the purple one. Actually, the flowers are very insignificant, it's the berries in autumn that are so pretty.

15/11/2013 at 00:34

Thank you for your help! I'm well aware the flowers are as you say, insignificant but I cannot abide white flowers

Could you possibly tell me the pink flowered version too?

I agree on the berires, so pretty! I'm devoting a section of my garden to berry shrubs and needless to say this'll have centre stage.

15/11/2013 at 01:00

There is one call callicarpa americana Welch's Beauty

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/34018.jpg?width=300&height=350&mode=max

 But I can't find it on any UK sites, don't know if it's only available in the US. Apparently it's a native of the USA.

15/11/2013 at 07:45

Burncoose Nursery (very reliable) stock one which they describe as having pink flowers 

http://www.burncoose.co.uk/site/plants.cfm?pl_id=4723#

Hope that helps 

17/11/2013 at 18:32

@Dovefromabove

Wow they charge alot for that! Still, I don't know how much these go at garden centres.

Thanks all. Though I may just buy the pink AND purple flower one since the display in Autumn is so beautiful!

17/11/2013 at 19:50

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/34076.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 This is my Callicarpa 'Profusion' AGM . It has pale pink flowers in May but as the others say you don't notice them. I do notice the lovely bronze foliage in spring and then the berries. Some say they berry better if you have more than one, I haven't noticed any difference - it berries reliably every year!

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