Beautyberry (Callicarpa japonica)

Shrub
C. murasaki.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Beautyberry
Callicarpa japonica
Verbenaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    The leaves are a tea substitute[177, 183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow February in a greenhouse[78]. Only just cover the seed[138]. Germination usually takes place within 1 – 3 months at 18¡c[138]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood 10cm long, July/August in a frame. High percentage[78]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season’s growth with a heel[78] taken in early spring[200].
Requires a sunny position or light dappled shade[11, 200]. Prefers a highly fertile well-drained loamy soil[11, 200]. This species is only really hardy in the milder parts of Britain, requiring a warm sunny corner[11, 182], though some forms should prove to be hardier. A very ornamental[1] and polymorphic species[58]. Requires cross-pollination for good fruit production[182]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
E. Asia – China, Japan, Manchuria..

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