Callicarpa japonica

The glossy purple berries of Callicarpa japonica provide an eye-catching sight in the Woodland Garden.
This Asian native grows to be a small shrub to 1.8m. For much of the year it fades into the background, having oval or ovate-lanceolate toothed leaves and small, pale pink flowers held in axillary cymes. Upon defoliation it reveals violet-coloured fruits to provide winter interest. The generic name Callicarpa is derived from the Greek calli - beautiful, and carpa - berry. It will survive milder winters, but prefers a sheltered position where it will be untouched by persistently low temperatures. This is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae. It can be propagated from seed and cuttings.
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