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Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion'

Beauty berry

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Colourful new growth, Flowers, Fruit

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by Jerry Harpur, copyright GAP Photos (43122)

Plant details

The species is not very often grown, partly because several plants need to be grown together to produce good crops of the violet bead-like berries. 'Profusion' is a great improvement, fruiting well on its own, with large packed clusters of the berries, in mid-autumn, overlapping with the golden purple leaf tints and then lingering after leaf-fall. The young foliage is bronze-purple, and makes good material for vases, as do bare branches laden with berries. Plants tolerate a little lime in the soil, but conditions which are too alkaline will cause leaf yellowing. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Verbenaceae

Genus: Callicarpa

Species: bodinieri var. giraldii

Cultivar: Profusion

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Flowering period: July to July


Reader reviews

thomaskid

has anyone got any tips as how to prune this shrub ?


carms

Cut hard back in early spring taking out a quarter.


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