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CALLICARPA bodinieri 'Profusion'

Image of Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion'

Family

Verbenaceae

Botanical Name

CALLICARPA bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion'

Plant Common Name

Bodinieri Beautyberry, Profusion Beautyberry

Special Notice

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General Description

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 green with blushes of pink or burgundy before dropping and better revealing the pretty fruits. These fruits are eaten by birds and in general are not as long lasting on the shrub as those of other beautyberry species.

Grow 'Profusion' in full to partial sun and soil that is dry to moist. Good moisture produces best growth and fruiting. Flowering and fruiting occurs on new stems, so prune back this shrub in late winter (if winter cold does not cause this dieback naturally) and allow it to rejuvenate annually. Use this fruit-fantastic beautyberry as a low screen, informal hedge or accent in the mixed shrub border.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-8' / 0.9m - 2.4m

  • Width

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Pink, Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Yellow Green, Rose, Burgundy

  • Bark Color

    Copper, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No