This is a genus of about 140 species of shrubs grown primarily for their shiny purple berries rather than for foliage or flowers, and the best of them are very attractive plants that can bring a distinctive look to late summer. We have found a selection of C. dichotoma, a fine Korean species, to be most garden worthy. 'Early Amethyst' shares many attributes of the species—a pleasant, rounded form, long, elliptical leaves, small pink flowers, and bright lavender berries—but it sets fruit in early September, well before other Beauty Berries.
Plants thrive in full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil, and they tolerate drought. They fruit more heavily if several are planted together.
For more information on the growing and care of Callicarpa, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
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sunny:garden rain:read from Boston, MA
I have had this plant for a few years and it is one of the best performers in my garden. Survives erratic New England weather, and comes back with a stunning show of brilliant purple berries in late summer/early fall every year. Very easy to prune. I have it in a pretty dry location that gets lots of sun, and it seems quite happy there. All my neighbors comment on how wonderful the berries look. It's not a common plant on my block, so people really notice it. If I had more space in my garden, I would definitely plant a couple more!!
RoadieGirl from Valley Stream, NY
LOVE IT! I have 2 Callicarpa in my north facing front bed which provide attractive foliage all summer and dense, vivid, tiny purple fruits which appear in early fall and feed the Mockingbirds all winter. Neighbors will comment on this unusual specimen: be sure to plant it in public view. It tolerates both the occasional -5F in our NY winters, and the one solid week of +100F every summer. In intense heat, during late afternoons its leaves will droop conspicuously but perk up again after sunset. A moderate grower, it is only 24" high after 3 years, but vigorous.
Bonnie from Louisville, Kentucky
I saw this shrub when I lived in Texas and fell in love. Moved back to Kentucky and had always looked for this plant, and when I found this here I was elated. I bought 2 and planted them by my front porch so I could look at them whenever I went outside. I cannot tell you how beautiful these plants are.
Latin Name Pronunciation: kal-ih-kar'puh
Callicarpa is one of the best fruiting shrubs for mid-fall color; its shiny lavender berries are a great attraction in the landscape at a time when many plants are winding down their display. Plants produce small pink flowers in August, but it's the berries that produce the big show. 'Early Amethyst' sets fruit in early September here in Connecticut, well ahead of the species.
Callicarpa are fast growers, spreading about as wide as they are tall. Fruit production is better if several are planted together. Plants are small enough to fit easily into a perennial or mixed border, perhaps near Ornamental Grasses, Perovskia, and late-blooming Rudbeckias for a satisfying late-season display.
Plants prefer full sun and tolerate partial shade, and average, well-drained soil. Once established, Callicarpa is drought tolerant. No serious pest or disease problems. Seldom requires fertilizer.
Because plants flower on the current season's growth, they can be pruned hard (to as low as 4–6″) in early spring. Plants will be smaller than they would be if left unpruned, but their stems will be lined from head to toe (rather than just at the tips of the branches) with clusters of berries.