Years ago I took a few horticultural classes at the local community college. Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’, commonly known as beautyberry, was one of the many plants I was introduced to then. The instructor stressed that these plants like to be close to another one of its kind. So I bought two of them and planted them in a large hole. It took a few years for them to really start growing and then produce those psychedelic bright purple berries. It’s a fantastic shrub for any garden! Undemanding and problem free!
The flowers attract all kinds of pollinators in spring.
By summer tiny green berries with a purple tint grow in whorls all along the stems.
Early autumn the leaves turn yellow and fall off.
Each beautyberry turns a darker purple.
By then, word has gotten around in the woods! Squirrels love the berries, as do robins, chickadees, juncos, towhees and the varied thrushes. Once the berries are discovered, it won’t take long for this deciduous shrub to be left bare naked .
Are there any color spots in your winter garden?