November 2014 Plant Profile: Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’

IMG_7871Beautyberry is starting to put on quite a show and we have a species that isn’t common in Pacific Northwest Gardens. Callicarpa dichotoma is widely known on the East Coast and thrives in their summer heat and humidity. Having had an exceptionally lengthy summer here, our plants of ‘Early Amethyst’ look the best they’ve ever looked in the three years since they were planted out as small 1 gallon pots.

Combined with consistent moisture in full sun, they’re dripping in hot purple pink and look absolutely stunning in the autumn landscape! We hope the foliage has a chance to color up before a hard frost comes. Meanwhile, they are a sight to behold

Family: LAMIACEAE
Genus: Callicarpa
species: dichotoma
Cultivar: ‘Early Amethyst’
Common Name: Beautyberry
Location: CUH Sidewalk Entry
Origin: China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam
Height and Spread: 4′ high x 4-5′ wide
Bloom/Fruit Time: September-frost

 

 

Growing with the bright gold, moisture loving Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'
Growing with the bright gold, moisture loving Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’
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C. dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’ with Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Taurus’

2 Responses to “November 2014 Plant Profile: Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst'”

  1. Margaret, I sent an answer to your question via email.