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The amazing Beautyberry

Written by Doug Oster on .

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The Beautyberry bush (Callicarpa) is a one trick pony, but what a trick. The shrub has purple berries starting to turn right now when there really isn't too much to see in the garden. It's a sun lover that will also grow in woodland shade. You can see one at Phipp's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in the outdoor children's garden. In full sun it grows to around 10 feet and is an erect plant. I put mine in the woods and it took on an interesting weeping habit and still puts on lots of berries. I love this plant, and look forward to the bright purple fruit each fall...


...It's really something when the maple tree above it starts dropping its red leaves, I'll get a photo in a few weeks when the tree starts loosing leaves. This plant is indestructable, a great addition to the landscape. I often talk about snowdrops that bloom in late winter. These tiny flowers would be lost if they bloomed in July, but since they are the only thing in bloom, snowdrops are the star of the show. That's the way Beautyberry is as fall progresses.The garden season can be long if you choose the right plants. Those snowdrops bloomed this year on February 15th, I'm sure something will be blooming in January (Helebores). You can garden in some fashion every month of the year, even in our climate.

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