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‘Early Amethyst’

Beautyberry

Callicarpa dichotoma

'Early Amethyst'

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  • Colorful fruit
  • Perfect for cutting
  • Deer resistant
Description

Fruits earlier than other varieties. 'Early Amethyst' callicarpa offers an earlier crop of bright purple berries than other beautyberry varieties. A good choice for extending the season in landscapes and cutting gardens.

USDA Zone 5 - 8 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun

Height 3 - 4'

Width 4 - 5'

Finish Time .5 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color Purple

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4"

Soil Callicarpa is not fussy about soil and will grow in average conditions.

Pruning Trim to the ground in early spring.

Uses Mixed borders; perennial beds; foundation plantings; cutting gardens.

Growing Tips In colder areas, callicarpa may die back to the ground, but will resprout. Avoid cutting back until signs of new growth appear. Makes an excellent cut flower for fall harvest, though it does not dry or preserve well. Birds may eat the berries once they've softened, but they are not typically a first-choice food. No pollinator is required, though fruit set is typically heavier if planted en masse.