Callicarpa bodinieri for a Profusion of Violet Berries in Autumn

When I initially discovered the Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’ I was first attracted by the name, Callicarpa that seems to roll off the tongue. Latin plant names excited and enthralled me as a bright-eyed 16-year-old apprentice horticulturist, with a passion for learning all about plants and Gardening. Beauty Berry, caught my attention as the berries shining like violet-coloured metallic clusters of evenly sized fruits of the God’s.

Purple flowers in the Garden have won Horticultural acclaim, leading the way for bulbs is the violet hues of Allium, shrubs feature the award-winning Daphne, for flowers, the Verbena stands above the crowds.

However when it comes to purple berries they are in short supply. Callicarpa bodinieri is a deciduous summer flowering shrub  that is a riot of Violet Berries in Autumn.

Callicarpa is a deciduous shrub that can reach 10ft high or pruned after the berries have fallen, to retain the beauty berry as a small shrub. The profusion of violet berries are the result of the pollination of hundreds of star-shaped lilac flowers that appear in clusters along the stems in June.

The beauty berry requires a sunny location and fertile soil and will grow for many years suffering from very few pests or diseases, making Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’ another perfect addition to your growing garden.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. ellahalligan says:

    The kids want me to ask if the berries are edible. They sure are gorgeous!


    1. growhort says:

      They are beautiful and whilst not poisonous they are extremely bitter and therefore avoided by birds and wildlife. Thanks for dropping by.


  2. Aw, this is awesome! Hey, I didn’t know there were a shortage of purple berries. Purple is my favorite color and it’s amazing how this one color comes in so many different shades. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us on what you’re exploring and learning new.



    1. growhort says:

      Glad you enjoyed the Beauty Berry, thanks for your kind comments.


  3. sophiebowns says:

    Wow, what a gorgeous selection of flowers!
    It’s Winter here in the UK, our garden is looking very bare!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. growhort says:

      Also in the UK, so can relate! Very much looking forward to the winter aconites and snowdrops appearing. Thanks for your comments.

      Liked by 1 person

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