Grown mainly for their clusters of small but often highly colorful, spherical, bead-like fruits, 1/16-⅛in (2-3mm) across, they are ideal for a shrub border; they fruit most prolifically in long, hot summers and if planted in groups. Where not hardy, grow in a cool greenhouse and move outdoors in summer.
Botanical Name: Callicarpa americana
Common Name: French mulberry, American beautyberry, Amerikanische Schönfrucht
Type: Deciduous shrub
Flower Color: Lavender pink flowers to 1 ½ in. across (4cm) followed by violet fruit
Foliage: Mid-green leaves to 6 in (15 cm.) long
Flowering Time: Late spring to Early summer
Plant Height: 6 ft. (2m)
Plant Width: 5 ft. (1.5m)
Light Requirements: Full Sun or Dappled Shade
Water Requirements: Normal. Water sparingly in winter
Soil Requirements: Fertile, well drained soil
USDA Zone: 5-9
AHS Heat Zone: 9-1
Sowing Instructions (Cliff Notes Version): Sow seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn or spring.
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