Audrey, Eve and George DeLange
(Baja Fairyduster, Flame Bush, Tabardillo)
Baja fairyduster is a delicate-looking, bright-colored, evergreen shrub for very hot, dry desert gardens. It demands a frost-free climate and plenty of direct sun. It is native to sandy washes and rocky slopes of the dry cape regions of Baja California and Sonora, Mexico. The plant is thorny and deer-resistant. Branching is open and the narrow arching twigs are studded with soft fern-like, compound leaves.
This shrub blooms after the rainy season, whether spring or summer. Blooms may also appear...
(Fairyduster, Mock Mesquite)
Grown (and named) for its delicate and unusual winter blooms, fairyduster is a low, spreading, deciduous shrub from the southwestern United States and Northwest Mexico, where it grows in dry washes and gullies at low to middle altitudes. Gray, twiggy, often sprawling stems with small, alternating, pinnately compound leaves give rise to powderpuff heads of pink stamens in late winter and early spring. Their nectar attracts hummingbirds and other polllinators. Silvery seed pods follow the flowers....
The arching branches and unusual violet purple berries of American beautyberry are the main selling points of this hardy deciduous shrub. Native to southeastern America from Texas across to Maryland, this interesting wild shrub is similar to Asian beautyberry species but has a rougher, more informal look. Mature specimens are large, bushy and develop either a horizontal or upright habit. Native populations exist in open woods and thickets.
American beautyberry has long arching stems lined with...
Gerald L. Klingaman
This is the naturally occurring white berried form of the normally violet purple berried American beautyberry. Native to southeastern America from Texas across to Maryland, this interesting wild shrub is similar to Asian beautyberry species but has a rougher, more informal look. Mature specimens are large, bushy and develop either a horizontal or upright habit. Native populations exist in open woods and thickets.
White American beautyberry has long arching stems lined with soft pale green leaves...
Developing clusters of violet-pink berries late in the season, Bodinier beautyberry is a somewhat rangy, bushy deciduous shrub ideal for informal garden plantings. Native to the open forests and fields of China, it produces subtle lavender-pink flowers from early to midsummer and loads of vibrant berries from late-summer to early winter.
The dull green leaves of this shrub are oval, tapered and have slightly toothed edges. In midsummer, hundreds of tiny lavender-pink flower clusters line the...
James H. Schutte
(Beautyberry, Profusion Beautyberry)
This is one spectacular beautyberry! The arching boughs of 'Profusion' become weighted by the vibrant violet-pink berries that light up the late season garden. Sometimes listed under the name Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldi, it is a bit more compact than standard Bodinier beautyberry and has a more uniform vase-shaped habit.
Developing branched clusters of purplish-pink berries late in the season, Bodinier beautyberry is a somewhat rangy, bushy deciduous shrub ideal for informal...
(Bodinieri Beautyberry, Profusion Beautyberry)
Profusion Beautyberry is a rangy, deciduous shrub notable for its showy fruits and their placement on the branches. It is a free-fruiting selection of a species native to central and western China. The leaves are tapered, oval and dull-green, with toothed edges. In early summer, hundreds of tiny pink flower clusters appear along the arching stems and attract pollinating insects. By early fall, small, violet berries in clusters of 30-40 in loose clusters have replaced the flowers. The foliage turns...
(Dark Star Beautyberry, Purple Beautyberry)
The unusually compact beautyberry, ‘Dark Star’, has lovely dark violet purple berries that persist into winter. Asian in origin, Callicarpa dichotoma is a compact to medium-sized deciduous shrub with an elegant, arching habit.Its elliptical green leaves line the stem opposite one another. In summer, clusters of lavender purple flowers appear at the base of each leaf petiole like soldiers in a row. Bees and butterflies are highly attracted to the blooms. Pollinated flowers become clusters...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The ever popular beautyberry, 'Early Amethyst', is an extra fruitful Arnold Arboretum introduction that boasts a tidy habit, beautifully arching branches and loads of colorful fruit. Summer clusters of pale lavender-pink flowers develop into masses of glossy amethyst berries in fall. The fruits tend to persist longer than average offering welcome, though limited, winter interest.
Asian in origin, Callicarpa dichotoma is a compact to medium-sized deciduous shrub with an elegant, arching...